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. 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What's the perfect summer meal? It has to be a dinner with friends and family, grilled outside, accompanied by yummy sides and followed with delicious desserts—along with long, meandering conversations as the hot day cools into evening. There's only one problem with this classic summer scene: as with food in every season, this beautiful summer meal could contain some toxic chemicals that no one wants to eat. Follow these tips to make sure your summer treats are safer and less toxic: 1. Avoid...+ Read more
The current leadership of the EPA is trying to censor science. They’d like to ignore thousands of rigorous, peer-reviewed health studies, making it harder for EPA staff to protect us from toxic chemicals—and easier for the Trump administration to roll back regulations. Will you join us in telling the EPA not to censor science? If enough people speak out, we can stop this plan. Every day we’re learning more and more about how many toxic chemicals our families are exposed to. Now is not the time...+ Read more
Pictured above: Andy Igrejas accepts the Frank Hatch Award, for his brilliant coalition leadership and strategic advocacy shaping the overhaul of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), at our 2016 Celebration for Healthy Families. We lost a dear friend, colleague, and extraordinary public health champion this past weekend. Andy Igrejas was all of the above and more, and we’ll miss him greatly. Over these last dozen years, he founded Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and led us in an...+ Read more