Listservs

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) currently sponsors two listservs related to lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes, Leadnet and Healthyhomesnet.

Generally speaking, both listservs have been established to facilitate discussion of environmental health hazards in substandard housing and distressed communities among nonprofit lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes advocates, state and local government agencies, and other interested organizations. Subscribers use the listservs to share information, questions, comments, news stories, insights, ideas, successes, support, requests for help, employment opportunities, and suggestions related to primary prevention, environmental health hazards in housing, advocacy, policies, strategies, and local events and activities.

More specifically, Leadnet is dedicated solely to discussions involving lead poisoning prevention, while Healthyhomesnet is intended to promote and sustain health considerations in renovation, maintenance, operation, and construction of housing. Healthyhomesnet also aims to focus particular attention on maintenance and rehab of existing properties, practices, and policies that apply to low-income housing, holistic approaches, and primary prevention. Neither list is intended to be a forum for highly detailed discussions of research methodology or promotion of commercial products or services nor is either list intended to operate like a chatroom.

To subscribe to either listserv, simply click on the links below and send a blank message (nothing in the subject line).

Make sure that your request to subscribe to Healthyhomesnet or Leadnet includes your contact information: first and last name, organization (if applicable) address, telephone number, and email address. We ask for this information to ensure that subscribers are not automated systems (“bots”). NCHH does not distribute any information collected from subscribers. Without full contact information, your request to subscribe to the listserv may be delayed or denied.

Listserv Guidelines

We truly appreciate the wonderful community of subscribers that makes these listservs so vibrant and collegial. In order to keep it that way, we ask that listserv subscribers respect the listserv community guidelines and avail themselves of the tips listed below.

Topic
Posts to Leadnet must relate in some way to lead exposure, lead hazard control, lead poisoning prevention, lead-safe work practices, lead follow-up services, or any other topic as long as there is a connection to lead that is obvious or made explicit.

Posts to Healthyhomesnet may include any topic related to healthy homes or healthy communities (including but not limited to the following: aging in place, asbestos, asthma and respiratory illness, building science, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, emergency preparedness or disaster recovery, energy efficiency in homes, fire safety, green building, healthy housing interventions, injury prevention at home, lead exposure, multiple chemical sensitivity, pest management, radon, safe drinking water, tobacco control, ventilation, and weatherization).

To avoid listserv clutter, refrain from posting messages that do not actually pertain to a lead- or healthy homes-related topic.

If there is a clear relation to the lead topic, cross-posting between the two listservs is permitted.

Tone
All listserv messages (including both public posts and private messages, regardless of topic) should be respectful in tone. Personal insults, attacks, unfounded accusations, or any other form of discourteous or abusive behavior are inappropriate and prohibited.

Political Announcements and Endorsements
Do not use the listservs for partisan political purposes, campaigning, endorsement of a political candidate, or to endorse ideological rhetoric. NCHH does not endorse candidates, parties, or political ideology.

Commercial-Free Policy
Do not use the listservs to offer products or services for sale. The list may be used to inquire about products or services. Except for information about free products and services, replies to such inquiries should be sent off-list to the person making the inquiry, even if your response does not promote your own financial interests. (We recommend that the person making the inquiry remind others in their posting that they want responses sent to them off-list.) If other subscribers also are interested in the information, they should email the person making the original inquiry, also off-list, and ask that responses be shared with them.

Response Sharing
Unless your response is personal in nature, please send all responses to questions asked on the listserv to both the person asking the question and to the entire list so that all subscribers may benefit from your responses. An exception to this policy would be postings about products and services for sale as described above.

Posting News Articles and Other Published Works
For copyright reasons, we strongly encourage subscribers to post excerpts of relevant news articles to the list with a link to the full article rather than posting entire articles. We recognize that this causes some inconvenience, especially when a registration process is required for access to the article. To avoid spam at your main e-mail address, you may set up a “dummy” email account to use for your online news site registrations.

Harvesting Emails
No harvesting of emails for any type of mass or bulk email purpose is permitted. Personal or contact information of list participants seen on this list is intended solely for the use of this list, and should not be distributed to a third party. For example, if you believe a fellow subscriber could benefit from the services offered by a third party, contact that subscriber directly with the contact information of the third party.

Content
Parties submitting messages bear sole responsibility and liability for the content of their postings. NCHH accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted by others.

NCHH does not actively monitor these services for inappropriate postings; however, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to NCHH’s attention, NCHH will take appropriate action to advise subscribers of appropriate usage and, where appropriate, to place restrictions on an individual account.

Reprimand

Failure to abide by the listserv guidelines listed above will result in a written caution from the listserv manager for a first offense. NCHH reserves the right to suspend or terminate the access of any user who does not abide by these guidelines and rules.

Listserv Tips

These tips may enhance and refine your listserv experience.

Email Quantity
If you would like to reduce the number of emails you receive from this listserv, you can change your subscription options to “digest” to receive a daily compilation of messages rather than individual messages. This can be done by sending a blank message to leadnet-switch@mail-list.com or healthyhomesnet-switch@mail-list.com, which will toggle you to/from the digest version of the respective listserv. Should you decide that you don’t like the digest version, you can switch back to individual emails by sending a blank message to the same address.

File Attachments
The listserv format does not allow attachments of any kind to be posted to the list. This is a security feature designed to protect all subscribers from viruses and spam. If you have a “clean” document, spreadsheet, image, or other file that you want to make available to the entire list, either do so by providing a hyperlink to that file or by offering to e-mail that file individually to interested subscribers.

Build the Movement

Feel free to invite other colleagues to join Leadnet or Healthyhomesnet. If you have any feedback or suggestions about listserv content or structure, please let us know.