Research Areas: Environment

 

 

  • Child Care Pest Management Survey (DPR) (2013)
    • The ISR has contracted with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to conduct a mixed methods survey of pest management practices in all 11,000 licensed child care centers across California. Beginning in January 2013, respondents will be able to participate in the study by emailing, faxing, or mailing the survey to ISR, or by filling it out on a secure, ISR-developed website designed for this project. This is the second time the state’s child care centers will be surveyed; the first survey took place in 2008. This 2013 survey will help DPR understand the current state of pesticide use and look for positive changes since 2008. DPR’s goal is to increase the use of more environmentally-friendly pest management practices in the state’s child care centers, and to reduce children and staff exposure to undesirable methods of managing bugs and rodents.
  • Portable Fuel Container Survey-Commercial Landscaping Services for Residents (2012)
    • The ISR contracted with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to conduct a portable fuel containers (PFC) survey used by commercial landscaping services for residences. The survey was conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) with respondents randomly selected from the over 8,000 landscaping businesses across the entire state. Usage and population data were analyzed in an effort to estimate PFC fuel transfer events which are associated with spillage and displaced vapors ultimately leading to emissions.
  • Recreational Vehicles Dealership Population Study (2012)
    • The ISR contracted with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to conduct a population and usage survey of Recreational Vehicles (RV) with on-board refueling systems. A survey of RV dealers was used to estimate the population of Sport Utility RVs. The survey was conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) with RV dealerships randomly selected from across the state. RV dealership sales data was used to determine the percentage of 5th wheel and travel trailer sales that consist of sport utility RVs.
  • 2010-11 School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2012)
    • In order to monitor the progress of the Healthy School Act of 2000, the ISR conducted another statewide survey of California school districts for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The goal of this project was to track the voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s public school districts. The ISR provided analysis of data collected from district IPM coordinators, including longitudinal trends using 2004 and 2007 ISR-administered IPM surveys.
  • 2011 Lawn and Garden Equipment Population and Usage Survey (2011)
    • The ISR contracted with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to conduct a population and usage survey of lawn and garden equipment in California. Respondents for the survey were selected at random from across the state using random digit dialing (RDD). The survey was conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Respondents were asked questions regarding the amount of lawn and garden equipment they own and use, as well as questions about engine type, fuel type, age, and monthly hours of usage for the year. Data collected from the survey was analyzed in conjunction with historical sales data on lawn and garden equipment to estimate the current population of lawn and garden equipment, and to estimate future lawn and garden equipment population growth. Survey data regarding usage was also analyzed to create seasonal profiles of lawn and garden equipment usage.
  • On-Road Motorcycle Usage and Storage Survey (2011)
    • On behalf of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the ISR conducted a survey of California registered owners of on-highway motorcycles in order to collect information about motorcycle characteristics, usage, and storage. From a sampling frame provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles, ISR randomly selected motorcycle owners to participate in a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI). Questions asked of each respondent assessed where and when the motorcycle is used, reasons for usage, any modifications that have been made, and how the motorcycle is stored. The analysis and report provided by ISR will be used by the ARB to update information on California’s estimates of on-highway motorcycle activity and emissions. (Report)
  • School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2010)
    • On behalf of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), ISR conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys. The overall goal of this project was to track the voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s public school districts. The ISR provided analysis of data collected from district IPM coordinators, including longitudinal trends using 2004 and 2007 ISR-administered IPM surveys.The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys.The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys. (Report)
  • Estimation of Portable Fuel Container Ownership and Use (2010)
    • The Air Resources Board (ARB) survey obtained information on usage and storage for portable fuel containers. The survey employed Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) to obtain data, and focused on portable fuel containers, utility jugs, and portable refueling stations. Respondents were asked questions to determine what type of equipment they use, how often they use their equipment, how often it is refueled, where they use their equipment, and where, how, and for what length of time the equipment is stored. Individual households in California were randomly contacted by telephone for the information regarding portable fuel containers. (Report)
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Use and Storage Telephone Survey (2009)
    • This survey was conducted as part of the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) study of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) usage and storage in the state of California. OHVs are vehicles that are used off road including three and four wheel vehicles, all terrain vehicles, dune/sand buggy, motocross, and trail bikes. The ISR conducted a statewide survey of registered owners to inquire about OHV usage and storage patterns. Based on the results, the ISR analyzed the usage and storage characteristics, estimating the percentage means of usage during the week, in different seasons, counties, and popular tracks where the OHVs are used. This information will be used to refine the ARB’s existing estimates of statewide emissions.
  • Pleasure Craft Use and Storage Telephone Survey (2009)
    • This survey was conducted as part of the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) study of Pleasure Crafts (PC) usage and storage in the state of California. PCs consist of watercrafts that use inboard, outboard, jet, and auxiliary sail propulsion. The ISR conducted a statewide survey of registered owners to inquire about PC usage and storage patterns. Based on the results, the ISR analyzed the usage and storage characteristics, estimating the percentage means of usage during the week, in different seasons, counties, and popular waterways where the PCs are used. This information will be used to refine the ARB’s existing estimates of statewide emissions.
  • School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2007)
    • In order to monitor the progress of the Healthy Schools Act of 2000, the ISR conducted a statewide survey of California school districts for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The goal of this project was to track the voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s schools. Responses were compared to those provided in the 2004 survey (also conducted by the ISR) to better track the progress of particular schools. The ISR provided analysis of data collected from IPM Coordinators. (Report)
  • Refueling Tank Telephone Survey (2007)
    • This survey was conducted as part of the California Air Resources Board’s study of portable and fitted refueling tanks. Portable and fitted refueling tanks are used to supply fuel to vehicles and equipment. The ISR conducted a statewide telephone survey of households, businesses and owners of trucks, recreational vehicles, and toy haulers. Based on the survey results, the ISR computed estimates of the number of refueling tanks statewide and analyzed refueling tank use characteristics. This information will be used to refine the ARB’s existing estimates of statewide emissions. (Report)
  • Assessment of Public Education and Outreach Programs for the Used Oil Recycling Program (2007)
    • The California Integrated Waste Management Board’s (CIWMB) Used Oil Block Grant Program provides grants to support local used oil recycling programs. More than 250 grantees from jurisdictions throughout California participate in the program each year. Public education and outreach are an important part of these programs. The ISR conducted an independent analysis of grantees’ past public education and outreach programs promoting used oil and filter recycling to Do-It-Yourself oil changers. With this information, the lSR determined which public education and strategies have been the most effective.
  • Portable Outboard Marine Tank (OMT) Telephone Survey (2007)
    • This survey was conducted as part of the California Air Resources Board’s study of portable outboard marine tanks (OMTs). OMTs are used to supply fuel to outboard marine engines. Statewide uncontrolled emissions from OMTs are currently estimated at 4 to 8 tons per day. The ISR conducted a statewide telephone survey of outboard boat and sailboat owners. Based on the survey results, the ISR computed estimates of the number of OMTs statewide and analyzed OMT use characteristics. This information was used to refine the ARB’s existing estimates of statewide emissions. (Report)
  • Colusa Subreach Planning Project Landowner Survey
    • The objective of the Colusa Subreach Planning Project, funded by the California Bay-Delta Authority, was to develop plans for the restoration of riparian habitat and related flood control and land use considerations for a twenty mile reach of the Sacramento River between the Princeton Ferry site and the Colusa Bridge. The Colusa Subreach Planning Project focused on the involvement of a wide range of groups and individuals than can or will be affected by conservation activities within the floodway of the Sacramento River. The two main partners in the project, The Sacramento River Conservation Forum and The Nature Conservancy, contracted with ISR to conduct a survey examining landowner’s perspectives on the restoration of riparian habitat in the subreach, their concerns about restoration, and their expectations for the planning process. A baseline survey was conducted at the beginning of the planning project in January 2004, and a follow-up survey was conducted in January 2008. (Report)
  • 2004 California School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2005)
    • In order to monitor the progress of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) of 2000, the ISR conducted a statewide survey of California school districts for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The HSA aims to reduce exposure of children to pesticides in schools through the voluntary adoption of IPM and least-toxic methods of pest control. The goal of this project was to track this voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s schools. The ISR analyzed data collected from IPM Coordinators. (Report)
  • American River Parkway Survey (2005)
    • The American River Natural History Association funded a study to examine use-levels and recreational activity participation on the American River Parkway (ARP) by area residents. In cooperation with professors from the Sociology and Environmental Studies Departments at Sacramento State University, the ISR conducted a telephone survey in August 2005 to solicit information from a random sample of residents in the area surrouding the ARP. (Report)
  • Estimation of Portable Fuel Container Ownership and Use (2003-2005)
    • The California Air Resources Board (ARB) funded a study aimed at obtaining information regarding statewide ownership and usage of portable fuel containers. To this end, the ISR designed and conducted a statewide telephone survey of California households and businesses. Follow these links for the Residential and Commercial Reports.