"History is a race between education and catastrophe" --H. G. Wells
Agencies and Organization
- Asthma Community Network, Communities in action mobilizing 1000 communities to lead the nation in quality asthma care.
- Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) is different from other environmental organizations. It was created out of a commitment and passion to work with communities at risk, to empower local families to take steps to protect their neighborhoods and families from unnecessary chemical threats.
is kicking off a brand new PVC-free schools campaign this year to
encourage schools to ditch the poison plastic in favor of safer
alternatives. We need your help to make it a success! We've
created a series of new PVC-free schools fact-sheets to help educate
parents, students and decision-makers on the dangers of PVC plastic in
Each of them can be downloaded at the links above, or on our website here: http://besafenet.com/pvc/about.htm
- Center for School Mold Help You must be an active subscriber to access complete, very extensive
Information section about mold, including FAQ, Admin FAQ, Sick Building
Symptoms, TX Tech Fungal Glossary, Remediation, Mold Lessons for
Teachers, MCS Info, School Mold Statistics, and much more.
- Children's Environmental Health Network, (CEHN) protecting the fetus and the child from environmental hazards a healthy environment for all children.
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment "(CHE) is a diverse network of more than 3500 individual and organizational Partners in 45 countries and 48 states, working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors."
Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative Working Group (LDDI), The Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) is a
national project fostering collaboration among learning and
developmental disability organizations, researchers, health
professionals and environmental health groups to address concerns about
the impact environmental pollutants may have on healthy brain
- Environment and Human Health, Inc. "Environment and Human Health, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms through research, education and the promotion of sound public policy. Environment and Human Health, Inc. is made up of doctors, public health professionals and policy experts committed to the reduction of environmental health risks to individuals."
- European Public Health
- Healthy Schools Network: a 501c3 national environmental health organization that does research, information, education, coalition-building, and advocacy to ensure that every child has a healthy learning environment that is clean and in good repair. National Healthy Schools Day -April 26, 2010- coordinated by Healthy Schools Network, Inc., "is an important day to promote and celebrate healthy school environments that are conducive to learning and protect occupant health. Schools, parents, personnel, advocates, and agencies unite nationwide to promote healthy and green school environments for all children."
- Global Indoor Health Network (Formerly ACHEMMIC "Action
Committee on the Health Effects of Mold, Microbes and Indoor
Contaminant) is a group consisting of physicians,scientists,
researchers, indoor air quality experts, industrial hygienists, building
engineers, advocates and others who are working together to promote the
truth in health policy about the adverse effects of mold, microbes and
- Katy's Exposure "Exposing Environmental Health Threats & Those Responsible for Them"
- MCS America: "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity America provides information, support, and referral services to providers and people with illnesses of toxic environmental origin and works to ensure that environmental intoxicants are identified, reduced, and properly regulated through effective legislation."
- Mount Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) "The mission of Mount Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) is to protect children against environmental threats to health. CEHC conducts research to discover the environmental causes of disease in children- asthma, learning disabilities, autism, obesity, and childhood cancer. CEHC transmits research to pediatricians, policy makers, parents and all who care for children."
- National Clearing House for Educational Facilities .
- The Center for School Mold Help - Information, news, and resources about mold in schools.
- Truth About Mold "is an organization dedicated to exposing and promoting
the truth about the health effects of molds and mycotoxins. Our
strategy is to proactively communicate with elected officials, media
medical organizations, individuals with firsthand experience about the
effects of toxic mold, advocates, and others who are key resources in
helping us achieve our mission and vision."
- U. S. EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program. EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit contains information on many environmental issues. By using the guidance provided in the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit and developing a written IAQ management plan, schools can begin to address the whole school environment by putting in place procedures to identify and reduce or remove harmful pollutants from the school environment
- UV Lights Burns. "Teachers battle dangerous lighting conditions. Broken metal halide light bulbs, the kind used to illuminate gyms and other school buildings, can cause painful eye and skin damage."
Websites and Publications
- Sick Schools 2009 National Report, Coalition for Health Schools reports -Percent of Schools with at Least One Inadequate Building Feature, 68%, Percent of Schools with at Least One Unsatisfactory Environmental Factor 57%Percent of Children.
- Webinar on December 9, 2009 Autism, Vaccine Injury and Mercury Toxicity Webinar with Dr. Buttar
, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 9:00 PM - 10:15 PM EST, "There is NO COST to attend this webinar. . . This webinar will
provide answers to questions which people have regarding Autism,
mercury toxicity, vaccine injury and their inter-relationship.
- Coal Pollution Damages Human Health at Every Stage of Coal Life Cycle, Reports Physicians for Social Responsibility, PRNewsWire, "Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. . .There are 584 coal ash dump sites in the U.S., and toxic residues have migrated into water supplies at dozens of sites. While every stage of the coal life cycle impacts human health, the combustion phase exacts the greatest toll." Many of these coal ash dump sites such as Arrowhead in Alabama are located near schools.
- Healthy Children Magazine online, "This quarterly magazine for parents is written, reviewed and approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s foremost experts in child health. It features in-depth articles on a wide range of important health topics including immunization guidelines, common childhood illnesses and conditions, developmental and behavioral issues, nutrition and fitness recommendations, and much more."
- Healthy Child Healthy World, "igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals."
- Environmental Health News, is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a foundation-funded journalism organization founded in 2002. Our daily e-letter, Above The Fold, is available for free. Our syndication services also are available for free and are used by over 300 other websites around the world.
- Children's Environmental Health Network "protecting the fetus and the child from environmental hazards."
- Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, "Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a groundbreaking coalition of diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day."
- parentadvocates.org "We challenge those who believe they can continue to violate the public
trust to stop and listen to the buzz of millions of people visiting
websites, emailing each other, blogging and chatting online about what
is going on behind closed doors. We promise to hold you responsible for
We call this process "e-accountability".
- Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools, Lydia G. Segal (Harvard University Press 2005).
- Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children, by Philip Shabacoff and Alice Shabecoff (Random House 2005).
- Contaminated Communities: Coping with Residential Toxic Exposure, Michael R. Edelstein (Westview Press 2004).
- Living Downstream, An Ecologist Looks At Cancer and the Environment, Sandra Steingraber (Addison-Westley 1997).
- A Civil Action, Jonathan Harr (Random House 1995).
- Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro (Warner Books 2005).
- Clouds of Injustice, Amnesty International 2004, free download available.
- The Killing of Karen Silkwood: The Story Behind the Kerr McGee Plutonium Case, Richard Rashke (Houghton Mifflin 1985).
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