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Implementation of Green Cleaning Law in Schools a Success

Posted By Tausi Suedi, Thursday, September 8, 2016

By Allison Rich, Children's Health Specialist, Maryland Environmental Health Network

Maryland Environmental Health Network is pleased to announce that all of Maryland's 24 independent public school districts have implemented or are in the process of implementing a green cleaning policy. All public school districts in the state are now using green cleaning products in various capacities.

This progress comes less than a year after launching a peer learning network, in partnership with the Maryland State Department. of Education and EPA Region 3 to support implementing toxics protections in schools, as required by Maryland law. Prior to the launch of the peer network, only 2 school districts in the state had fully implemented Maryland's green cleaning law, which went into effect in July 2014. Several other school districts were working on policies, but lacked technical resources and advisors.

As further evidence of the transition to robust adoption of toxics protections, Marylanders were 30% of participants at the National Green Clean Schools Leadership Summit held in July 2016. All these attendees had participated in the peer learning network in some capacity over the past year. Green cleaning progress continues in Maryland through the Facilities & Operations Roundtable, bolstered by this EPA funded partnership.

Specifics on the progress made in Maryland: 

·         Nineteen (19) Maryland School Districts have fully implemented green cleaning policies and products

·         An additional 3 Maryland School Districts primarily utilize green products, however their Boards of Education have chosen to not mandate green cleaning but rather implement it as a procedure

·         Two other Maryland School Districts are using green products and are in the process of having policies reviewed and approved by local Boards of Education. 

 

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Leveraging Change in Baltimore and Nationally

Posted By Celeste Amato, Monday, November 23, 2015
Updated: Monday, November 23, 2015
November 23, 2015

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Health & Environmental Funders Network’s 2015 Annual Meeting here in Baltimore along with ABAG members and other local and national funders interested in environmental health and justice. 

I was honored to speak at a panel session to discuss Baltimore’s challenges, how philanthropy is responding by working to build more resilient communities, and potential lessons for environmental health and justice investments elsewhere.

Here are some highlights of my remarks:

In April, the death of a young man named Freddie Gray while in police custody sparked days of mostly peaceful protest and some unfortunately destructive protest.

In the days and weeks that followed one moment that stands out for me is attending an event outside of the burned out CVS on Pennsylvania Ave. and looking down the street at a vacant lot – a lot that has stood vacant since its building was burned down in the 1968 riots roughly 50 years earlier.

We were standing in the same place – literally and figuratively.

I am sure most of you are familiar with the racially discriminatory practice called redlining. It was the practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic make-ups of those areas. The most well known of these were real estate practices involving denial of financial services such as banking or insurance to residents within "red lined” communities.

Baltimore’s redline history is often cited in scholarly works on the subject but for those of us who live here – that past practice does not live only in the past – it continues to impact the lives of all residents in Baltimore whether you live inside or outside of those lines. I often think of the redline map as the map of all ills. If you want to know where life expectancy is shorter, where vacant and blighted housing is rampant, where lead poisoning is most common, even where there are few if any trees – the redline maps of Baltimore outlines the most negatively impacted communities.

Freddie Gray’s own life was impacted again and again by inequity and he has become representative for so much that we have struggled with as a City for so long. Too many of our children are growing up in homes and neighborhoods ravaged by drug addiction and violence, in housing conditions poisoned by lead and other toxins, in schools that are ill-equipped to meet their needs and in communities that will not offer employment opportunities even if they are able to attain a high school education.

Our funders have dedicated their expertise and resources to many of these issues for years and only sporadically with the support and collaboration of partners in other critically influential sectors.

April 27 was an outcry that our City needed. In the immediate aftermath our funding community was not a first responder, but a day one early responder.

In the first days following the destructive demonstrations in west Baltimore we focused on who we had on the ground – as grantees – who could support delivering basic needs to seniors and families without mobility. Many communities had now lost the few retailers selling basic necessities in their underserved communities.

We worked with government and grantees to deliver necessities, including prescriptions, and connect with seniors and others who were unable or even afraid to leave their homes.

In the weeks that followed, our funders turned their attention to the city’s children and how we might keep them safely off the streets for the summer knowing that violence would likely escalate in our impacted communities. Funders coordinated and collaborated to raise more funding which in turn created more summer programming seats.
The longer term response of our funding community will be more challenging. We were already engaged in race conversations and beginning a strategic effort to give our members tools to bring a racial equity lens to their grantmaking practice.

April 27 pushes us all harder and further to examine how we connect our work to community, invest our resources and use our collective voice to influence change and drive greater impact:
  • We are challenging ourselves to give voice to and support race dialogue across our City and State.
  • To focus on youth programming with an emphasis on disconnected youth – those 16 to 24 year olds not engaged in school or employment.
  • To continue our a strong focus on workforce AND connect our current funder investments more closely to public/private initiatives pushing to increase local hiring and purchasing.
  • To give our members a variety of tools to engage community voice in their grantmaking practice.
  • And to coordinate with our national funding colleagues to engage their expertise for Baltimore’s future.
It has also pushed partners in other business sectors to acknowledge and engage in conversations about racial disparities in ways that I have not heard or seen in my career experience until now.

Our hope is that the broad network for philanthropy our Association has been building will not only drive alignment among funders but increasingly drive intentional, focused alignment and action with partners in other sectors and that we will be able to eliminate barriers and increase access to opportunities - creating a city where a child’s skin color and zip code no longer predict his educational attainment, his employment or his health and life expectancy.

Tags:  ABAG Members  Environmental Health  HEFN  Maryland Environmental Health Network 

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Happy Earth Day!

Posted By Celeste Amato, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 22, 2015

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

Happy Earth Day!

This annual day dedicated to supporting the environment was first organized in 1970 and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries.

Earth Day has increased awareness of environmental issues and elevated concern for the health of our planet. Many U.S. foundations, businesses, and individual givers now focus funding on the environment. In fact, according to a recent Environmental Grantmakers Association report, in 2011, estimated funding to environmental issues by U.S. foundations reached an all-time high of $2.8 billion.

And, here in Maryland, our own funding community has done the same:

ABAG Project, the Maryland Environmental Health Network, convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector education, dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. The project envisions a Maryland where children and adults enjoy clean food, air and water, and benefit from safe environments in their homes, schools and communities.

ABAG’s Green Funders Affinity Group gathers regularly to explore topics related to community greening, sustainability, and environmental protection. These environmental discussions cross all sectors, impacting community development, human health, and economic welfare.

The Maryland 2015 Legislative Session met with newly elected lawmakers, including a new Governor, and an ambitious environmental agenda in Annapolis. On April 29 ABAG’s Green Funders will host a Legislative Wrap-Up, featuring reports from Dru Schmidt-Perkins of 1000 Friends of Maryland, and Karla Raettig of Maryland League of Conservation Voters, on their observations and the outcomes of major environmental campaigns. Representatives from Blue Water Baltimore and the Maryland Environmental Health Network will also bring their perspectives to the program. All ABAG members are welcome.

Rebecca Ruggles, our ABAG staff member who consults to the Green Funders and directs MdEHN says, "The synergy between funders and environmental advocates always impresses me. We are lucky to have philanthropic leadership that is helping to shape everything from Baltimore and Maryland's climate action planning, to the state's food system, to broad regional support for addressing polluted run-off and cleaning up the Bay."

Tags:  Earth Day  Green Funders  Maryland Environmental Health Network  May 2015 Members Memo  MdEHN 

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Maryland Environmental Health Network Issues Two New Publications

Posted By Rebecca Ruggles, Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network

One of the benefits of being an ABAG sponsored project is observing different techniques of change management used by the funding community. Commissioning timely reports is one of them.

At the Maryland Environmental Health Network, we’ve issued two new publications in the past four months. Last November, we came out with an analysis of how energy policy relates to public health. Energy and Health in Maryland: A Briefing for Health Advocates proved to be a useful tool to a wider range of our partners than we expected, from the League of Women Voters to the Baltimore City Energy Office.

This month, MdEHN released a report in collaboration with Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MDH2E), titled Maryland Hospitals at the Intersection of Environmental Health, Sustainability, and Community Benefit.Together, MdEHN and MDH2E hope this analysis will assist Maryland hospitals to deliver a wide range of community benefits that also support sustainability and environmental health.

Co-authored by Joan Plisko and Dawn Cannon of MDH2E, the report provides examples of how Maryland hospitals are leading with environmental health and sustainability programs. Many of these qualify for recognition under IRS requirements for non-profit hospitals to deliver community benefits.

Maryland Hospitals have shifted to more sustainable practices in waste management, food purchasing, energy efficiency, and toxics reduction. Schools, faith communities, and other community-based organizations in a hospital’s catchment area can benefit from learning about these effective and healthy practices. When hospitals share this expertise outside their own walls, they get credit for delivering community benefits and contribute to the health of local communities.

MdEHN’s report Energy & Health in Maryland: A Briefing for Health Advocates created opportunities to engage legislators in Annapolis on the health benefits of moving Maryland to more renewable clean energy. Although the report’s framework is unconventional, it has proven thought-provoking and useful.

We know this new report on hospital community benefit programs will also be useful in engaging hospital executives in extending their expertise beyond hospital walls. ABAG members may also find the report interesting, if they fund hospital capital projects, serve as hospital trustees, work on community health, or are otherwise engaged with these critical anchor institutions.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector education, dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. MdEHN is a project housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG).

Tags:  environment  March 2015 Members' Memo  Maryland Environmental Health Network  MdEHN 

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Town Creek Foundation Hosts Stakeholder Meeting to Explore "Avenues for Impact"

Posted By Rebecca Ruggles, Monday, January 12, 2015
January 12, 2015

By Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network
 
"We’ve always felt that as grantmakers, it is our responsibility to smartly deploy the full range of resources at our disposal, including grantmaking, communications, convening, and connecting. Like most grant makers, we’ve paid considerably more attention to grant making than we have to the other avenues for impact.”

With these opening words, Stuart Clarke framed the Town Creek Foundation’s stakeholder meeting on November 14, 2014 in Easton. Drawing over 100 Town Creek grantees and partners together was a deliberate investment – and Stuart might have said, an experiment - in exploring those "other avenues for impact”.

Town Creek, headquartered on the Eastern Shore, made the bold decision in 2011 to sunset in ten years. Among their reasons was a sense of urgency about achieving major gains in the areas of their investment – the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, fighting climate change, and promoting environmental sustainability. Citing that sense of urgency, the foundation convened what it called its First Annual Stakeholder Meeting at Chesapeake College.

As a Town Creek grantee, I had the pleasure of being among those whom Stuart tapped for advice as he planned the event. As an ABAG employee, I was also interested to see how a foundation that is spending up uses its "other avenues for impact”. ABAG members in attendance included staff from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Keith Campbell Foundation, Abell Foundation and Baltimore Community Foundation.

After the intense social buzz of morning coffee, Town Creek President Jennifer Stanley opened the formal program with welcoming remarks and urged us to participate actively. The morning featured a keynote from University of Maryland professor emeritus Gar Aperovitz followed by lively audience dialogue. After lunch, small groups met to address questions posed by Stuart and then convened together as a full group to report out.

One part of the morning was an overview of Town Creek grantmaking philosophy and practice, presented by Stuart Clarke and Meredith Lathbury Girard. Stuart’s remarks, which I had the opportunity to read in advance, offered a framework for viewing environmental work as both transactional (rooted in the politics of what is possible in the present) and transformational (working at what Stuart called "the scale of the problem”, instead of the scale of what politics allows).

Though he claims no plans to publish, I asked Stuart to allow us to post his remarks on the ABAG website. If you are a student of philanthropy, an environmentalist, or a grantmaker concerned that incremental change is not enough, you may find this paper intriguing. The paper also offers insight into the thought process of a foundation in its final 7 years.

To attendees, Stuart posed the question: Can we address Maryland’s pollution challenges by changing practices while leaving unchanged the structures that allowed that pollution? A provocative question, it stimulated much discussion during the afternoon’s small groups about the role of Town Creek, of funders in general, and of the diverse sectors in Maryland that seek to be change agents.

Lynn Heller from the Abell Foundation tackled the daunting task of summarizing the reports from the small group facilitators. Among the conclusions were a resounding desire to be enabled to work "at the scale of the problem” through changes in grant-making practices that address building grantees’ organizational capacity, investing long-term, and supporting ambitious approaches to the root causes of societal woes.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector education, dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. MdEHN is a project housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG).

Tags:  Abell Foundation  Baltimore Community Foundation  Chesapeake Bay Trust  Environment  Impact  Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment  Maryland Environmental Health Network  Town Creek Foundation 

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Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) 2014 Milestones & Highlights

Posted By Rebecca Ruggles, Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
December 31, 2014
 
By Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network
 
We've had a busy and successful year in 2014 and are pleased to share MdEHN's 2014 Milestones & Highlights:

Published Energy & Health in Maryland: A Briefing for Health Advocates.

• This report makes that case that just as gun violence and food systems entered the domain of public health, so now must energy policy. Much air pollution is generated by dirty energy sources and the health consequences of air pollution are significant. On the up side, when a dirty power plant closes or vehicle fuel standards improve, some health effects are reduced immediately. The report is being used to support health advocates in speaking out for clean renewable energy

Held September 2014 Symposium on Public Health & the Marcellus Shale in Maryland.

• MdEHN convened 40 public health and environmental health experts to review the Maryland public health study of the Marcellus Shale and make recommendations to Maryland policy-makers. Their consensus: Maryland should not proceed with "fracking” at this time. Three months later, Governor Cuomo reached a similar conclusion and banned fracking in New York State. Working from the same science, Governor O’Malley approved drilling regulations and Governor-elect Hogan stated his intent to issue permits. A moratorium bill will be introduced in the 2015 legislative session. The work of the September Symposium will be a valuable resource in the debates of 2015.

Established accountability for reducing children’s toxic exposures under the new Maryland Green Cleaning in Schools Mandate.

• 2012 law mandates that all Maryland school districts establish green cleaning policies and practices to reduce student exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals. In Spring 2014, MdEHN requested that MSDE establish accountability for implementation of the law, triggering a request for all districts to submit their policies. MdEHN recruited a team of University of MD public health grad students to evaluate 16 of 24 school district policies. We look forward to working with MSDE and Maryland school districts in 2015 to help all districts comply and share their best practices.
 
Introduced environmental health advocacy issues to hospital green team leaders, public health professionals and leaders in Maryland nonprofit agencies.

• MdEHN enjoyed working with our partners at the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, the Maryland Public Health Associations, and Maryland Nonprofits to introduce environmental health issues to health advocates from many professional walks of life. We co-sponsored a series of conversations about health equity in Maryland, and helped shape the annual meetings and forums of our partners to include environmental health and advocacy issues.

Served on state and national Boards and councils.

• MdEHN Director Rebecca Ruggles was named to the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project.
• Rebecca Ruggles served on MDE's Cumulative Impacts Working Group
• Rebecca Rehr, MdEHN Public Health Advocacy Coordinator, was named a Commissioner on the Maryland Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities Commission.
• Allison Rich, MdEHN Children's EH Specialist, joined the education committee of the national group Children's Environmental Health Network

All of us at the Maryland Environmental Health Network wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector education, dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. MdEHN is a project housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG).


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Healthier and Greener Communities

Posted By Allison Rich, Tuesday, July 1, 2014
July 1, 2014
 
By Allison Rich 
Children's Health Specialist, Maryland Environmental Health Network

As the Children’s Environmental Health Specialist for the Maryland Environmental Health Network I feel so honored to participate in and learn about such a rich array of projects to create healthier and greener communities in Baltimore.

For instance, this week Baltimore City Schools’ presented its first ever training for custodians on their role in creating sustainable schools. Custodians learned about recycling and energy conservation but the main focus was on implementing the green cleaning in schools law. In 2012, the General Assembly enacted the law and school districts throughout the state are expected to comply by July 2014.

Green cleaning in schools is imperative to protecting children’s health and to reducing rates of asthma in Maryland. According to the EPA, the ingredients found in one out of every three commercial cleaning products are potentially harmful to human health and contribute to organ damage, asthma and other respiratory ailments, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. To drive this point home, City Schools’ Green Schools Coordinator collaborated with staff from Baltimore City Health Dept.’s Community Asthma Program, Green Seal, and the Building Wellness Institute.

Custodians walked away from the training with a plethora of tools for protecting students and school staff!

Another exciting event this month was Greenscape: Baltimore City’s Annual Youth Sustainability summit. GreenScape is a project of the Student Environmental Leadership Action Team (SELAT), in partnership with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Baltimore Community Foundation, and with support from Constellation, an Exelon company.

Over 400 students, families, and environmental education enthusiasts filled the Aquarium to share innovative projects funded through the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenges. The Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance, in partnership with MdEHN, gave away 200 kits with recipe cards and ingredients to make low-cost green cleaning products at home. It was amazing to see so many students sampling healthy foods, learning about watershed protection, and brainstorming their role in creating a greener Baltimore. Over 10 local businesses donated amazing raffle prizes (including a free bike) to show the students how valuable their work is!

These events only skim the surface of initiatives that foster collaboration across sectors with the end goal of creating stronger environmental health protections for children in Baltimore and throughout the state.

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MdEHN - Climate Hero

Posted By Allison Rich, Monday, November 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

November 24, 2013 

By Allison Rich, 

Children's Environemntal Health Specialist, The Maryland Environmental Health Network

The Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) received recognition last week as a Climate Hero from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). The award ceremony was part of the Baltimore stop on CCAN’s Crossroads Tour. Over 230 people attended the program at MICA, to hear how the plan to export fracked gas out of Cove Point in southern Maryland threatens our environment and health, while renewable energy alternatives protect both and are economically beneficial as well.

Rebecca Ruggles, Director of MdEHN said, "Recognition from CCAN is a high compliment. Climate change is a huge threat to human health and it’s closely related to air pollution which is a major cause of preventable illness and premature death.” Rebecca shared the stage with CCAN founder Mike Tidwell and Lynn Heller of the Abell Foundation, who spoke about her role in leading Baltimore City’s Climate Action Plan work group.

For the past year, MdEHN has worked on a range of energy related issues that impact the health of Marylanders. With our partners, the Chesapeake Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, MdEHN helped insure that health implications of fracking will be well researched as part of Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Commission study process.

Maryland is the first state to research the public health implications of unconventional drilling practices by the natural gas industry, before drilling takes place.

With support from a BGE Green Grant, MdEHN’s November meeting focused on the health implications of energy choices in Maryland and ways health advocates can promote healthy energy policy. Past meeting topics focused on environmental factors that impact air quality and human health. Resources from past Network meetings are available here.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network is a project of ABAG, started with leadership and support from the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation. Additional funders supporting the Network and its publications are: the Zanvyl & Isabelle Krieger Fund, the Town Creek Foundation, the Abell Foundation and The Keith Campbell Foundation.

At our September meeting in Brooklyn/Curtis Bay, MdEHN helped connect environmental health researchers, state policy-makers, the Filbert Street Garden, and a student led advocacy group called Free Your Voice. As someone who has worked with many student groups, I am so impressed with these young people. They are mounting a campaign to stop the incinerator that would be less than a mile from their school . Check out the video these students made about the impact of industrial pollution on their neighborhood: http://vimeo.com/74501368

MdEHN will publish a report on the relationship between Maryland’s health status and air pollution problems in early 2014. Most air pollution is linked to sources that also produce greenhouse gases, so solutions such as renewable energy development are good for both health and the climate. That’s the good news – a health lens highlights policy solutions that will pay off on multiple levels.

# The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. www.mdehn.org MdEHN is a project of The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers www.abagrantmakers.org

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School Greening in Baltimore City

Posted By Rebecca Ruggles, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013

June 26, 2013 

By Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) 

School greening is a national movement - and Baltimore is in the vanguard.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network worked with the Baltimore Sustainability Commission and staff of the Office of Sustainability to document the extent of recent investments in greening Baltimore public schools in the new report, "School Greening in Baltimore City."

The results are impressive.

We found an investment of about $2.5 million being made over the last two and a half years, and about 60% of City Schools have participated in school greening programs or practices of some kind.

What benefits come with adopting green practices in schools? We looked at the research and found a growing body of evidence documenting positive impacts on operating costs, academic outcomes, and school climate.

The benefits of green school practices are now well established and range from reductions in greenhouse gases emissions and energy cost savings, to improved student test scores and higher teacher and student retention. Of course, as a group dedicated to Environmental Health, we are also keen on the protections for children’s health that can accompany a greener school environment.

Our report was authored by Allison Rich, MdEHN's Children's Environmental Health Specialist.

She compiled data from 35 sources, and examined three specific questions:

  • What investment has been made to date in green practices in Baltimore City public schools and by whom?
  • How are academic and operational goals furthered by this investment?
  • Why should this investment be protected – and enhanced – as City Schools launches its 10 year plan for 21st Century Schools?

School greening activities engage students, teachers and families in new ways, and have been an important part of creating and sustaining the new wave of achievement, pride, and advocacy for Baltimore’s public schools.

Jamie Baxter, Program Director at The Chesapeake Bay Trust, commented: "So many other funders and supporters are involved. The Trust has supported schools with grants for environmental ed and restoration mini-grants. Its great to see that Baltimore City schools have been resourceful in tapping such varied sources of funding and support."

Interested in learning more? You can download and read the report here.

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Rebecca Ruggles in the Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) which convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. This report is a publication of the MdEHN and was prepared by Allison Rich, Children's Environmental Health Specialist, with assistance from Rebecca Ruggles The Maryland Environmental Health Network is a project of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG).


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