California Safe Schools. http://www.calisafe.org, a Children's Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Coalition founded in 1998 by Robina Suwol, has been NOMINATED for the Global Exchange Human Rights Award, which recognizes the contributions
of individuals who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities. Finalists will be selected by online voting.
The honoree will receive $1,000 in honor of their work, and recognized at a Human Rights Awards celebration on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in San Francisco.
For more than a decade Robina Suwol, the founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools has been making strides to repair the world. Robina,a tireless advocate for health and the environment,has taken every opportunity to protect the most vulnerable populations. For example, Robina has been one of the most vocal concerning current EPA regulations, which state that threshold standards for chemical exposure are based on 160lb. adult male and opposed Intentional Dosing of Pesticides for Human Experimentation Studies. Robina has also been extremely active on school siting, and testified extensively and commented that to ensure health and safety, schools should not be built on sites with deed restrictions.
California Safe School Coalition was the force behind Los Angeles Unified School District groundbreaking Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, whose preamble includes the "precautionary principle." IPM uses low risk methods to eradicate pests. This policy led to California's Healthy Schools Act of 2000, and has become a model for school districts and communities internationally.
October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. This law closes a loophole protecting more than 6 million California K-12 public school students, & hundreds of thousands of teachers & school employees from exposure to experimental pesticides whose health effects are unknown. Since founding CSS, Suwol produces innovative environmental health events for students & public,& makes frequent presentations on all areas of health & safety to school officials, legislators & regulatory agencies.
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