Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Free Webinar - Greening Your Childcare Facility

Are you a childcare owner or childcare worker?
Do you have children in your care that have asthma or other respiratory issues?
Do you want to make your indoor environment greener and healthier?

Did you know that many chemicals in the cleaning products used in schools are toxic?
Did you know that these chemicals contribute to poor indoor air quality, smog, cancer, asthma, and other diseases?
Do you know there is someone to call if you suspect a child in your care has a health problem that may be related to the environment?
Do you know there are alternatives to using pesticides and the usual cleaning products?

July 21, 2010

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There are approximately 6.6 million children in the mid-Atlantic Region and about 9.7% of them have asthma. These children may spend up to 10 hours a day in an environment such as a school or childcare setting. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition and may have environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to those inside. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that these facilities are as safe as possible.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Office in collaboration with the Southeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Philadelphia School and Community Integrated Pest Management Partnership; the Women’s Health and Environmental Network; and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment will be holding a webinar on green cleaning, integrated pest management and an introduction of the Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

If you are a childcare owner or worker interested in improving your indoor air quality or ensuring an environmentally friendly facility, then this is the webinar for you. For more questions or to register send an email to the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at MACCHE@cnmc.org or call 866-622-2431

Monday, June 14, 2010

PESP Regional Grants RFP Announced

A great opportunity for Community IPM funding:

The review log jam was cleared late last week and the PESP Grant announcement moved rapidly to post on Friday (6/10). The closing date is July 26.

It's on grants.gov at with the actual announcement posted at

It is currently highlighted on http://epa.gov/pesticides/ and links are being posted on the PestWise website (http://epa.gov/pestwise/grants/index.html) as well.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June School IPM 2015 Newsletter

This month’s School IPM 2015 newsletter features articles on a Child Nutrition Manager's Perspective, A Conversation with Al Fournier and a School IPM 2015 Update.