Environmental Decision Making

How can science be mobilized for better decision making? And how can values, an integral part of the decision-making process, be made more explicit and transparent? A cross-institutional team of collaborators from CHF, the University of Maryland, the EPA, and the CDC are working to develop just such a system. Using a tool developed within the EPA called MIRA—Multi-Integral Resource Assessment—the team hopes to develop a system for decision making that can be used to increase the visibility of science in environmental decision making, help highlight research needs, and increase involvement from diverse stakeholders in the decision-making process.

Staff: Jody Roberts

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!


Historically Grounded Perspectives

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy explores issues ranging from energy to medicine on CHF's blog, Periodic Tabloid.