News Source: 
Bothell Reporter
July 26, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday its selection of academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, a project designed to find innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases in their communities and around the country.

The University of Washington Bothell is among the eight partners the agency selected.

“For more than 25 years, EPA has gathered critical environmental data to provide communities with information that empowers them to protect their air, water, and land,” said Renee Wynn, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information. “Through the TRI University Challenge, we hope to raise student awareness of environmental data and programs while improving research on our environmental challenges to further our work to protect Americans’ health and the environment.”

TRI provides communities with information about toxic chemical releases to air, water, and land and helps industry, the public, government, and non-governmental organizations make more informed decisions to protect their health and environment.

Through these partnerships, EPA will work with eight diverse academic institutions to develop practical and replicable projects focused on pollution prevention, sustainability, community engagement, and technology for improving the presentation and understanding of TRI data.

The TRI University Challenge is open to anyone connected with an accredited college or university, and project timelines are flexible.