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Eco-Healthy Child Care, Fairbanks, Alaska, November 9, 2012.
CHE-Alaska hosted this 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. On this call participants
- Learned about the major environmental health concerns at school and steps you can take to make your school safer for children and workers.
- Heard an update on the latest research on children's environmental health and policy initiatives.
- Found 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.
Claire L. Barnett, MBA, founder and executive director of Healthy Schools Network, Inc. and coordinator of the 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.
The call lasted one hour and was recorded.