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California Safe Schools Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet
by Melody Badgett
Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2013 8:08 PM
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org
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For more information, contact:
Melody Badgett, 1% for the Planet
melody [at] onepercentfortheplanet.org
+1 (802) 496-5408


Los Angeles, CA, October 2, 2013 – California Safe Schools is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

California Safe Schools is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2011. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which California Safe Schools can look to for support.

Newly approved California Safe Schools contributes to a healthier planet by successfully implementing policies and programs that embrace the Precautionary Principle and Right to Know.

Over 3,000 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $100 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

“Children absorb more toxins relative to body weight than adults, and their developing brains, organs, nervous systems and immune systems may be more vulnerable to toxins. Studies increasingly show how toxic chemicals harm the body even at low doses, as in parts per trillion, and the more often a child is exposed to chemicals, the greater the chance of harm. Government regulations and manufacturers of synthetic chemicals, however, determine exposure-threshold levels based on a healthy adult male who weighs 160 pounds.

As rates of childhood cancer, asthma, neurological disorders, endocrine and hormonal disorders and birth defects increase, environmental-justice advocates recognize there is no better time than now to protect our children's health",said Founder and Executive Director Robina Suwol.



About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org



About New Nonprofit

California Safe Schools is a children’s environmental health and environmental justice coalition founded in 1998 by Robina Suwol. CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools and the first to embrace the “Precautionary Principle” and “Right to Know”. The success of the policy led to California’s Healthy Schools Act. Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities.

On October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. The bill bans experimental pesticides, whose health effects are unknown, from California k-12 public schools. As a result more than 6 million California children and hundreds of thousands of school children are protected from experimental chemicals whose health effects are unknown.

CSS continues to be a leader on children’s environmental health, with an emphasis on schools and environmental justice communities. Under Suwol’s leadership, CSS has facilitated changes at the policy level as well as at the grassroots which creates a lasting institutional protection.

website: http://www.calisafe.org
§Dr. Warren Porter,Ph.D., Joins California Safe Schools "Your Life is Now"
by California Safe Schools Saturday Oct 12th, 2013 10:43 AM

California Safe Schools Environmental Health Summit & 15th Anniversary. Honoring Humanitarians, Environmental Victories, & Future Actions to Protect the Planet.

Los Angeles, Ca.- On December 2, 2013, at the California Endowment, California Safe Schools (CSS) http://www.calisafe,org a children’s environmental health and justice coalition known internationally for their leadership in creating groundbreaking environmental health policies and programs for schools and communities will host “Your Life is Now”, an environmental health Summit and the 15th Anniversary celebration of California Safe Schools.

Founded in 1998 by Robina Suwol, CSS spearheaded the first policy in the USA to embrace the Precautionary Principle & Parents Right to Know at the 2nd largest school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified.

The success of the policy led to California legislation, the Healthy Schools Act 2000, and AB 405 spearheaded by California Safe Schools. AB405 prevents experimental pesticides from being used in K-12 California public school campuses. As a result, 6 million students, hundreds of thousands of teachers and school employees are protected.

Speakers include, but are not limited to:

Dr. Warren Porter, Ph.D., has been Professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1986. Dr. Porter's work has been published widely in peer reviewed scientific journals, including Environmental Health Perspectives and Toxicology and Industrial Health. Dr. Porter received his Ph.D. in Physiological Ecology from UCLA

The objective and goal of the “Your Life is Now” Summit is to increase environmental health consciousness, and facilitate change at a level that promises a healthy environment for future generations

A highlight of “Your Life is Now” will be the presentation of the Pearl August Awards. “Pearl was an Advisory Boardmember of California Safe Schools, a humanitarian, former Director of Productions for the Volvo for Life Awards, and a magnificent human being, who passed away suddenly last year. Her generous spirit and heartfelt efforts spanned the globe. We are honored to be able to celebrate her life, and recognize individuals who exemplify her work and vision,” said Robina Suwol, founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools.Carlos Reynosa, celebrated master of flute and song, will provide a special tribute to Pearl August.

Invited guests include: local, state and federal government leaders, regulatory agency representatives, students, teachers, school administrators and their staff, and members of the public.


For further information:
California Safe Schools
818.785.5515
http://www.calisafe.org
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For further information:
Dr. Warren Porter,Ph.D.
http://www.zoology.wisc.edu/faculty/por/por.html