TABLE 5-1 Former and Realigned Structures of EPA’s Office of Research and Development

Former ORD Research Structure Integrated ORD Research Structure
Global Change Research Air, Climate & Energy
Sustainability Research
Clean Air Research
Human Health and Ecosystems Research Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
Drinking Water Research
Water Quality Research
Human Health and Ecosystems Research
Pesticides & Toxics Research
Sustainability Research
Sustainable and Healthy Communities
Land Research (Excluding Nanotechnology)
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Research
Computational Toxicology Research
Human Health & Ecosystems Research
Chemical Safety for Sustainability
Human Health Risk Assessment (NexGen)
Pesticides & Toxics Research
Land Research (Nanotechnology)
Clean Air Research (Nanotechnology)
Sustainability Research
Human Health Risk Assessment
Homeland Security
Human Health Risk Assessment
Homeland Security

Source: Teichman and Anastas 2011.

•   EPA continue to refine its implementation plans to ensure that the restructuring takes root. The agency needs to define clearly how ORD and program office research programs relate to one another and how they fit within the larger context of EPA and stakeholder science. A key aspect is ensuring that senior and junior scientists in ORD and the program offices are invested in the restructuring process.

•   EPA develop clear metrics for the evaluation of progress of research divisions and their ability to respond to environmental challenges in a new and more solutions-oriented way. The long-term sustainability of the revised structure (in time and through administrations) will depend on the degree to which the agency can demonstrate that the reorganization leads to better science and better outcomes.

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