The University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the state’s public flagship institution with a commitment to learner-centered education within a research university. STEEP’s URI researchers contribute decades of interdisciplinary experience in developing methods for chemical detection in the environment, determining health impacts of chemical compounds and where in the body these compounds accumulate, training the next generation of scientists, engaging communities to improve well water quality and awareness, and communicating complex science to a variety of audiences.

Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere. STEEP’s Harvard researchers contribute decades of international research assessing adverse health effects linked to exposures to environmental chemicals, especially those that occur during highly vulnerable prenatal and early life stages, and expertise in the biogeochemistry of global contaminants to understand how they are distributed in the environment and how climate change and industrial development will affect future health risks.

Silent Spring Institute, Researching the Environment and Women's Health

Silent Spring Institute’s research on water quality focuses on PFAS and other contaminants of emerging concern.  Silent Spring was the first to find PFAS in Cape Cod public water supplies in 2010 and the first to identify septic systems as sources of PFAS in drinking water.  Ongoing research areas include identifying additional sources of PFAS contamination into drinking water and other sources of PFAS exposure, such as food packaging.