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1979 - Founded in New Hampshire by Alan J. Borner as an independent non-profit, environmental, health, and safety education and research organization dedicated to resolving environmental problems through education and consensus.

1979 –EHMI holds its first national conference in New Castle, New Hampshire on the growing scandal of hazardous waste.  Among the two hundred and fifty attendees were victims of hazardous waste contamination, top officials from state and federal agencies, representatives from the EPA, academics, consulting engineers, and owners of hazardous waste processors and transporters.  The landmark conference results in the first improvement standards for hazardous waste in the United States.

1980 – Alan Borner is named the New Hampshire representative to NERCOM, a regional commission of New England states as well as New York and New Jersey that is tasked with the development of a baseline of understanding about hazardous waste.

1980-81 – EHMI is hired by the University of New Hampshire to create ERL, the first environmental research laboratory in the history of the university. ERL is the first lab in the nation to take an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management.

1981 – EHMI wins CETA grant to create a year long environmental curriculum training unemployable men and women job skills ranging from field analytical techniques to drum handling and water quality monitoring.

1982 – 1995 – EHMI develops professional associations for environmental disciplines ranging from NAEM, National Association for Environmental Managers; NETA National Environmental Training Association and TEBA, The Environmental Business Association.

1984 – 1999 - EHMI holds consensus building conferences on hazardous materials across the U.S. and Canada in locations such as Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, California and Florida.

1987 – Publishes nation’s first magazine monthly for environmental professionals called Hazmat World. Before it is sold in 1993, Hazmat World wins numerous journalism awards such as "Best Article in New Discipline" and has a circulation of 100,000.

1990 – In partnership with accounting giant Coopers and Lybrand, EHMI produces the first baseline survey of environmental managers in terms of education and job description. This international survey includes face-to-face interviews with environmental managers worldwide.

1996 – 1999 - EHMI receives a $3 million Department of Labor grant to create ECCONET, the nation’s first digital employment recruitment tool kit for environmental, health or safety jobs.

2002 – 2003 - EHMI creates a national campaign, the Healthy Indoor Environment Collaborative, to educate the public, media, policymakers, and the business community about mold in the indoor environment. EHMI holds a series of three day seminars in Sacramento, California on indoor pollution and mold prevention and remediation. Attendees include regulatory agencies, wholesale and retail material suppliers, residential and commercial building owners, building inspectors, consumers, real estate managers and operators, technologists and consultants.

2003 – EHMI develops and produces the Mold Informational Slide Wheel for mold prevention and remediation. The informational wheel is made available in both English and Spanish.

2004 – EHMI develops and produces the Emergency Readiness and Homeland Security Wheel in both English and Spanish.

2005 – EHMI, in partnership with emergency special needs organization EAD & Associates, develops and produces two new consumer education products that give seniors and people with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities the information they need to prepare for emergencies: The Emergency Readiness for Seniors Wheel and the Emergency Readiness for Disabled Wheel.

2006 – EHMI continues its commitment to health and safety with two new wheel products that address pandemics and Avian Flu. The wheels include pandemic containment strategies for hospitals, congregate care facilities, schools, and emergency management agencies. In addition, it contains general flu prevention information, IT stats, and at-home care for the general public.