Nov 15, 2019: EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program

Fall 2019 Seminar Series (Pharm 847-S/ENV 847-S)

Duke University Program in Environmental Health & Toxicology

Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall


Michael Slimak, Ph.D.



EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) National Research program provides technical solutions, tools, information, and other resources in three topic areas critical to fulfilling the Agency’s mission to protect the environment and public health:

(1) Contaminated Sites: Accelerating Clean-Ups

(2) Waste and Materials Management: Reducing the Burden of Contamination

(3) Healthy and Resilient Communities: Revitalizing Communities from Contamination and Natural Disasters/Extreme Events.

SHC is one of six national research programs within EPA’s Office of Research and Development.  The SHC research portfolio is highly interdisciplinary and designed to advance the understanding of the links between the environment and public health and human well-being.



Michael Slimak is in his 41st year of service at the US EPA. Located in RTP, NC, he is currently the Director of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program in the Office of Research and Development (ORD). From 1996 – 2012 he was the Associate Director for Ecology in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment. He joined EPA’s Research Office in 1987 responsible for developing and implementing assessment programs in ecological risk, conservation biology, global climate change, invasive species, and water quality. During his tenure at EPA he has worked in a variety of programs (water, toxic substances, pesticides) and has been involved in many important environmental issues. He is a recognized authority on ecological risk, has authored numerous government-sponsored reports, has published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service. He holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Wildlife Ecology, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.