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Native Oregonian Robina Suwol Makes a Difference Protecting Health & the Environment

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California Safe Schools, a leader in the environmental health and environmental justice movement continues their recycling efforts while earning free technology, recreational equipment or cash by participating in the Funding Factory Recycling Program. By donating to California Safe Schools , businesses help them earn the technology they need. Currently California Safe Schools is collecting empty laser and inkjet cartridges and used cell phones from the community and sends the waste products to FundingFactory.

For more than a decade Robina Suwol, the founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools has been making strides to repair the world. A tireless advocate for health and the environment, she has taken every opportunity to protect our most vulnerable populations.

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.


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