By Claire Barnett, Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network I am the founder and executive director of a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the many threats that unhealthy schools pose to children’s health and learning. I’m also a parent. In fact, my organization’s roots lie in a shattering family experience: my younger son was poisoned by pesticides repeatedly applied at school. My son is grown now, with children of his own. But I vividly remember the sheer panic, then the anger and tears of frustration, and a new felt commitment to root reforms for children, as I learned how common environmental hazards were at all schools.
**** By Andrew Beauchamp, Project Coordinator It’s my last day at Green Seal after 5 years as an employee and a year as an intern. But have no fear, we have many new staffers to take up the slack. Hopefully, between the 25 of them, they’ll be able to fill my shoes. It’s been a pleasure! Welcome new staffers! New Green Seal Staff: Air Quality Specialist – Les Mog Climate Policy Analyst – Gene Howes-Gasse Climate Policy Analyst II – Celine N. Urgy Director, Clean Water Program – Paul O’Shaun Director, Climate & Clean Air Program – Ivana Carmen Tax Energy Auditor – Tanya Lightov Fertilizer Specialist – U. Topher Kay-Shin Fertilizer Specialist II – Al G. Bloom GHG Specialist – Arie Duction Green Guru – Stan A. Blitty