Areas of Expertise: Environmental public health and environmental communications, risk communication, community outreach and education, meeting facilitation, grant writing.
Background: Rardin has worked in the environmental public health communications field for over 25 years. During this time, she has developed a keen understanding of the need to create two-way dialogue between researchers and end-users (stakeholders, interest groups and the general public) to ensure that research questions and results are used to benefit public health and the environment. She is particularly interested in risk communication and the evaluation of risk perception to help communities understand environmental priorities and consequences.
Experience: Rardin is accomplished in bringing stakeholders and community partners together to reach common goals, particularly through the facilitation and organization of the New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium, and has worked extensively with the NH Departments of Environmental Services and Health and Human Services, the US Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other partners at the local and community level to address the issue of arsenic in private wells. She has facilitated the communication of mercury science to inform policy audiences regionally, nationally and internationally. Other skills include the production of short videos for web and community TV-based audiences, outcome-driven workshops and the design of user-friendly websites. She led the development of the Arsenic and You website, which provides comprehensive information on arsenic in water, food and other sources.
She received a 2008 ECO Award (Global Environmental Communications, LLC), for a Kearsarge Magazine feature article, “More Green on the Map.”