The Strategy Center Blog

Please read and share our latest thoughts on safer chemicals policy, products, health and disease prevention, biobased manufacturing and the green economy, environmental health and justice, and much more. 

10.31.2018
Kai Smith is a small business owner and entrepreneur based in Falmouth, Maine. In 2012 Kai co-founded Buoy Local, a buy-local gift card platform for local businesses throughout Maine. The program offers a single, “open loop” gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent businesses. The program was purchased by Bangor Savings Bank in 2016 and is active at hundreds of businesses across the state. In 2017, Kai founded Maine Coasters & Bio-Boards, a similarly...+ Read more
10.31.2018
In the early 1990s, Milbridge, Maine, experienced a rapid influx of migrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. In response to the needs of the Milbridge community’s newest members, the Milbridge Public Library, Town Office, and schools began to offer educational programs, basic resources, and potlucks open to all. These programs quickly expanded to include language classes and an afterschool program, and, in 2005, Mano en Mano was officially...+ Read more
10.31.2018
Dr. Leonardo Trasande , M.D., M.P.P., is an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental health. His research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande holds appointments at New York University (NYU) as an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Environmental...+ Read more
10.31.2018
The Environmental Health Strategy Center this year recognizes organizer and advocate for change Ginger Jordan-Hillier as the winner of our 2018 Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award . “Ginger Jordan-Hillier was the best organizer inside of state government that I’ve ever known, bar none,” said Mike Belliveau, executive director of Environmental Health Strategy Center. “In Maine, Ginger raised awareness and mobilized state agency leadership to support and implement the landmark Kid...+ Read more
10.31.2018
We are proud to announce the winners of our 2018 Environmental Health Leadership Awards! Please click each name to read our award winners' inspiring stories. Ginger Jordan-Hillier is receiving the Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award in recognition of her legacy in Maine and nationally as an organizer and advocate for environmental health. Dr. Leonardo Trasande , M.D., M.P.P., is receiving the Bettie Kettell Award for Medical-Professional Leadership for his groundbreaking research...+ Read more
09.20.2018
On October 21, please join us at The Riley School in Rockport for a screening of the shocking new film “The Devil We Know." Join our host committee to support this event. Register to be with us. Nominated for the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and hailed by Variety as “a riveting tale of long-term irresponsibility and injustice," the documentary unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time: the widespread toxic chemical contamination of one town’s drinking water supply, and...+ Read more
09.17.2018
Join us to celebrate work that brings together diverse people creating common-sense solutions toward a healthy and toxic-free future, with justice for all! Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, November 29 6-8pm Beautiful new venue, with free parking! Congregation Bet Ha'am 81 Westbrook Street South Portland, Maine RSVP (Discounts for students, candidates, elected office holders) Sign up for the Host Committee—and get free tickets! Sponsor the Celebration Community members, contributors...+ Read more
09.04.2018
It's back-to-school week for kids across the country, and for parents, that means stocking up on school supplies, packing school lunches, and making sure that children have all they need to learn and thrive in the new school year. What's an important way to keep children healthy and ready to learn? Reduce kids' exposure to toxic chemicals. With dangerous chemicals potentially hiding in school supplies, lunch food, and indoor air, following these simple tips can help make sure kids have a safer...+ Read more
08.16.2018
Almost exactly one year ago, we filed our lawsuit in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding that it fulfill its mandate to protect public health—instead of illegally refusing to properly enact the 2016 chemical safety reform we fought for a decade to pass. While our legal action is making its way through the courts, the Trump EPA has continued to try to sacrifice public health for the sake of protecting private industry's profits. And so we've been standing...+ Read more
08.10.2018
In a major victory for kid's health, Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must finalize a ban on a deadly pesticide shown to damage children's brains, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The court found the agency broke the law by refusing to enact a ban proposed by the Obama administration that would have stopped the deadly nerve agent chemical from being sprayed on fruits and vegetables. Studies—including from the EPA's own scientists—have shown that prenatal and...+ Read more

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