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Webinar Series “Staring Your School Garden: A Guide for Food Service Personnel & Staff”

Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about growing and making connections to fresh food in your school! Join webinar here.   Feb. 5, 2:00pm-3:00pm: Part 1- School Gardens Start with the Basics Feb. 19, 2:00pm-3:00pm: Part 2- Planting and Crop Selection Feb. 26, 2:00pm-3:00pm: Part 3- Harvesting and Preparing Your Produce   Guest Speaker Barb Nissel:   Barbara Nissel has been involved in education for over thirty years. Since 1988, she has focused on school operations in the area of food service becoming a nationally recognized leader in the field. Ms. Nissel has presented nationally on a variety of subjects, including childhood obesity, wellness policies in schools, and contracted services to non-public schools.  She has been a dedicated member of the International Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) serving in the capacity of committee chairman of the Food and Nutrition Committee at the international level.  Her innovative programs have been published in the School Board Association Journal, ASBO, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) publications. Thanks to the Highmark Foundation for their support! Read more...

New Study Links Air Pollution and Autism

The University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health announced a groundbreaking study today linking exposure to toxic air pullutants with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder. We owe it to our children to clean up our air once and for all. To read the full story, click here.

Purchase Your DIY Kit Today!

Know what's in the products you use...Perfect for bridal and baby showers, housewarmings and new dorms .

WHE has developed three Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits:

  • Naturally Simple For You - a soothing face mask (includes Personal Care Product Safety brochure)
  • Naturally Simple for Home - an effective all-pupose cleaner (includes Creating a Green Kitchen brochure)
  • Naturally Simple for Baby - oh so soft baby massage oil (includes Green Guide for Raising a Healthy Baby.

The kits are natural, safe, non-toxic and plant-based! Each kit contains the product ingredients, DIY recipes, Women for a Healthy Environment educational brochure, and WHE's Top Twelve Toxins to avoid wallet card. This is the perfect gift for someone who wants to go green, but needs a little help! The kits are only $5.35 each (plus S & H). To purchase your kit today, click on this link, call us at 412-420-2290 or email info@WomenForAHealthyEnvironment.org!




We all want to learn and work in a pleasant environment, but some of the products we use in schools and office settings are unwittingly putting ourselves at risk and potentially costing businesses millions of dollars. Asthma is the most chronic disease that affects Americans of all ages, approximately 40 million people. Studies have shown that certain cleaning products used in offices, schools and other public buildings contain harmful chemicals such as asthmagens (triggers of asthma), allergens, endocrine disruptors, pre-carcinogens and indoor air contaminants. In recent years, consumer products such as colognes, perfumes and body sprays have also been found to contribute to poor indoor air quality and negative human health affects. The use of these products by students in schools has dramatically increased over the last several years. 
Special thanks to our Fragrance-Free sponsor: