Center for Environmental Security
More than half of humanity’s health problems are dependent, either directly or indirectly, on environmental factors. We can be exposed to harmful substances through the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the soil on which we stand. Today, our society faces the risks of environmental pollution, communicable diseases, endocrine disruptors in consumer products, and the potential of aerosolized biological agents.
The Center for Environmental Security is working to protect human health and critical ecosystems by detecting, minimizing and ultimately eliminating harmful chemical and biological agents through early detection and engineering interventions. It sits at the link between the environment, human health and security to meet critical real-world needs to promote public safety. The center works on a regional, national and global scale.
The Center for Environmental Security team is made up of more than 30 scientists, undergraduate and graduate students, research technicians, postdoctoral researchers and staff led by public health engineer and center director Rolf Halden. Together, they are harnessing human exposure assessment technologies and intervention strategies to characterize environmental threats, improve public health, and reduce the human and financial cost of disease of environmental origin.
Major efforts include:
• Environmental monitoring
• Environmental epidemiology, including zoonotic infectious diseases and antibiotic drug resistance
• Public health preparedness
• Innovative environmental diagnostics and management strategies
• Food safety and security
The center was established in late 2012 with funding from the Piper Charitable Trust’s Health Solutions, ASU’s Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI), the Fulton Schools of Engineering, and ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.