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Sustainability Resources for Faculty and Students: Toxins


Open Education Resources (OERs)

Air Quality (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Current Air Quality Issues (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (Elsevier) open access journal.

Emergency Operation Technologies for Sudden Water Pollution Accidents in the Middle Route of South-to-North Water Diversion Project (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Emerging Pollutants (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Environmental Emissions (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Green chemistry (Nature communications) open access journal.

Hydrocarbon Pollution and its Effect on the Environment (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Monitoring of Marine Pollution (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Poisoned Waters (MERLOT) presentation.

Toxins (MDPI) open access journal.

Water Quality (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Web Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Federal public health agency providing health information to prevent exposure disease related to toxic substances.

ATSDR Toxic Substances Portal

This site provides information about toxic substances and how they affect our health including: characteristics, exposure risks, associated health effects, related CDC and ATSDR health studies and assessments.

Clean Makeup

Introduction to toxic ingredients in cosmetics; created by Sara Hart (Colby '10).

ECOTOX Database (EPA)

The ECOTOXicology database (ECOTOX) is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. ECOTOX was created and is maintained by the U.S.EPA

Environmental Working Group

Includes Health/Toxics, and Chemical Index of toxins

EWG's Drinking Water Quality Analysis and Tap Water Database

searchable database that provides users with information on the contaminants found in their drinking water.

Consumer Product Information Database

The Consumer Product Information Database (cpid) contains health effects information for products used in the home and in some commercial/institutional settings that contain chemicals. (Formerly known as Household Products Database)

Food - Environmental Working Group

Links to their consumer guides for foods and toxins.

Household Products Database

The Household Products Database is a consumer guide that provides information on the potential health effects of chemicals contained in more than 10,000 common household products used inside and around the home. 

National Pesticide Information Center

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) presents information for health professionals on health hazards of pesticides and recommendations for management of poisonings and injuries.

Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database

Ingredients in thousands of personal care products are rated for safety (includes shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, perfume).


Free toxicology encyclopedia (Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders)