Robina Suwol, Environmental Health & Justice Advocate. Nominated for 2011 Hero Award
California Safe Schools | 09.20.2011
The Jewish Community Heroes campaign organized by The Jewish
Federations of North America (JFNA) celebrates the selflessness
and courage of those who put others before themselves
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has announced the
launch of the Third Annual Jewish Community Hero Awards, to recognize
the selflessness and courage of those who are helping their communities
through volunteer service. The honorees will be selected by an online
voting process, which will take place between Sept. 7 and Nov. 10, and
10 semi-finalists will be announced on Nov. 15. The Jewish Community Hero
of the Year will be announced at a special event in December, and will win a
$25,000 grant for their community project.
Robina Suwol is the founder & Executive Director of California Safe Schools, a
children's environmental health and justice coalition. She achieved national
prominence in 1998 by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) Policy,the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools
the first to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and "Right to Know". The policy
led to the passage of California's Healthy Schools Act. Today the LA Unified IPM policy
serves as an international model for school districts & communities.
On October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by Robina
& California Safe Schools. The bill bans experimental pesticides, whose health effects
are unknown, from California k-12 public schools.
California Safe Schools has also been a leader in school siting. On February 1, 2011 at
historic Los Angeles City Hall, California Safe Schools held the only public hearing in
the nation on school siting to a standing room only crowd of local, state, federal
officials, and members of the public.
When not giving frequent presentations on a wide range of environmental health and
safety issues to parents, students, school officials and legislators, she can be found
most weekends volunteering at Health and Safety Fairs, Conferences & community events.
The world. is a better place because of her efforts.
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