Preventing Harm to Children – The Healthy Schools Movement

September 26, 2012 @ 10:00am (AKDT)

A one-hour discussion with Claire Barnett, founder and director of Healthy Schools Network, Inc., the leading national voice for children’s environmental health at school. School-age children spend the majority of their waking hours at school where they may be exposed to pesticides, toxic chemicals in cleaning supplies, pollution from idling vehicles and other contaminants that have been linked to childhood cancer, asthma, and learning disabilities. Join this call to:

  • Learn about the major environmental health concerns at school and steps you can take to make your school safer for children and workers.
  • Hear an update on the latest research on children’s environmental health and policy initiatives.
  • Find out what’s happening in Alaska’s schools, how the national Healthy Schools movement is working to ensure all schools are environmentally safe and healthy, and how you can get involved.

Guiding Principles of School Environmental Quality (link to poster)

  • Every child and school employee has a right to an environmentally safe and healthy learning environment which is clean and in good repair.
  • Every child, parent and school employee has a “right to know” about environmental health issues and hazards in their school environment.
  • School officials and appropriate public agencies should be held accountable for environmentally safe and healthy school facilities.
  • Schools should serve as role models for environmentally responsible behavior.
  • Federal, State, local and private sector entities should work together to ensure that resources are used effectively and efficiently to address environmental health and safety conditions.

    By the Healthy Schools Network, Inc.

Featured speakers

Claire L. Barnett, MBA, Founder and Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network, Inc. and Coordinator, national Coalition for Healthier Schools. The Healthy Schools Network has challenged the nation with a call to action to ensure that schools are environmentally responsible to all children, to personnel, and to communities. As a child health advocate, Barnett convened the fledgling Network in 1995 as a New York statewide coalition; it has since shaped and won new funds and multiple laws on school environments in the nation’s third largest educational system (NYS) and the nation’s single largest school district (NYC). She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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