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The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI)
The close ties between SRP and IMNI arise, in part, from the ongoing research collaboration between Dr. Robert Hurt, Leader of Project 6, and Dr. Agnes Kane, Leader of Project 2. The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) was founded at Brown University in 2007 as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research teams in targeted areas of the molecular and nanosciences. IMNI is a "polydisciplinary" venture with 60 faculty participants representing nine departments across campus. IMNI serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and our affiliated hospitals. IMNI's Department of Education GAANN Training Grant supports pre-doctoral students who pursue interdisciplinary research and teaching in the applications and implications of nanotechnology.

State of Rhode Island: Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and Department of Health (RIDOH)
Our Research Translation Core Core B has fostered and strengthened our partnerships with the RIDEM and RIDOH. Through these partnerships, we have collaborated with individuals and organizations throughout the greater Northeast, and have become informed about emerging and existing environmental challenges in Rhode Island and beyond. Training workshops with broad participation by professionals and regulators have been designed to provide information about how to successfully manage these environmental challenges.

RI Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)
The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is implementing a cost-effective and integrated approach to housing interventions by combining federal and philanthropic investments in weatherization, energy efficiency, health and safety. Together with our partners at the RI Department of Health, we are helping to develop the data and evaluation component of the program to quantify the environmental and health impacts of this intervention.

EJLRI: Environmental Justice League Of Rhode Island
The Outreach Core helped in the formation of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI) to create a network of community-based organizations that addresses issues related to Superfund brownfields clean up, remediation, and redevelopment, and to help this network secure resources, training and scientific expertise to address community concerns about toxics.

Community Environmental College (CEC)
The Community Environmental College is a educational program for youth, providing classes in Environmental Justice, Food Justice, and Leadership Media and the Arts.

WRWC: Woonsaquatucket River Watershed Council
One of the nation's fourteen federally-designated American Heritage Rivers, the Woonasquatucket River's watershed comprises five towns (including Providence), and includes a Superfund site and several Brownfields. Among its many projects, the WRWC is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others on remediation to address dioxin contamination at the Centredale Manor area. WRWC also works on maintaining and promoting land preservation along the watershed, and in developing environmental materials for students. The Brown SRP Community Outreach team has researched cleanup methods implemented at forty other similar Superfund sites, and has interviewed community organizations near those sites to learn about their satisfaction with the cleanup alternatives chosen. We are also helping the Watershed Council identify other stakeholders along the river, so that they may network and make a coordinated demand for cleanup to the most stringent standards possible.

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island (H2ERI) is a coalition of hospitals, hospital associations, professional associations, nursing schools, unions, academic institutions, government agencies, local food groups, and environmental organizations which works on promoting, cost effective, efficient, healthy and sustainable green care practice in health care institutions.

Urban Pond Procession (UPP)
Urban Pond Procession (UPP) is a network of Rhode Island artists who promote stewardship of the Mashapaug Pond through arts and education. The UPP facilitates creative arts workshops for youth in schools and in the community to raise environmental awareness, promote environmental health, and engage community members to participate and advocate for the cleanup of Mashapaug Pond, adjacent to the Gorham/Textron Brownfield site, and other Pawtuxet River watershed ponds.

Blackstone River Watershed Council (BRWC)
Blackstone River Watershed Council (BRWC) is devoted to the restoration and continuous preservation of the Blackstone River through public advocacy, education and stewardship. The BRWC is committed to the goal of a fishable and swimmable river by 2015. Over the past 21 years, the BRWC has sponsored nature walks, fishing, canoeing, and opportunities for residents to become involved in cleanup projects.

Narragansett Indian Tribe
The Narragansett Indian Tribe is the only federally recognized tribe in Rhode Island. As a sovereign nation, the Narragansett Tribe has its own governing body comprised of Chief Sachem, Medicine Man, Tribal Secretary, Tribal Treasurer, a nine-member Council, and a Tribal Elders’ Council. In 2007, there were approximately 2,600 Tribal members. The Tribal government has administrative and department offices, a health center, daycare and senior centers, and the Four Winds community building. The Narragansett Indian Health Center provides a holistic approach to address the health needs of its Tribal members. The Department of Community Planning and Natural Resources promotes sustainable community development and protects the health and welfare of the Tribal culture, community members and the natural environment.

Rhode Island Indian Council (RIIC)
Rhode Island Indian Council (RIIC) is a private, non-profit agency in Providence that was established in 1975 to promote the social, economic, and cultural well-being of 50 tribal communities. Their 5,600 constituents are located in Rhode Island and throughout the Northeastern U.S. The RIIC is governed and staffed primarily by Native Americans.

U.S. EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL)  
Project Summary
Many of Brown's SRP stakeholders have been concerned by sediment contamination, and have expressed an interest in improving sediment contamination characterization techniques. Our SRP received supplemental funding through NIEHS for a collaborative research translation effort with the U.S. EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) to sample pollutants like PCBs from contaminated waters and sediments.