Lorna Rosenberg, healthy buildings manager
Lorna is recently retired from 36 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Atlantic Philadelphia Office, having focused on Superfund, Strategic Planning, Green and Healthy Buildings and Children’s Health during her long career. From 2003-2006 she was “on-loan” from the EPA to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (a 501c3) when she served as their founding Executive Director before returning to the EPA. Prior to her time at the USEPA, Lorna was an Environmental Manager at Browning Ferris Industries and an Industrial Hygiene Specialist at the Allied Chemical Corporation. Lorna is a LEED Green Associate and has a Master of Science in Environmental Health from Drexel University.
Since 2021 Women for a Healthy Environment has worked with Montgomery County Headstart to create cleaning and infection control procedures to mitigate COVID for teachers and students returning to the classroom. This included the selection of effective cleaning supplies which eliminate the virus with a short dwell time but are non-toxic to users with proper protocols.
WHE has also worked with more than 60 childcare centers through the Public Health Maintenance Corporation, to provide webinars and technical support on environmental exposures and compliance, such as lead dust and water testing, radon testing, integrated pest management, mold etc. Green Cleaning Starter kits were distributed to over 50 of the centers along with fact sheets and user information.
Women for a Healthy Environment expanded into the Eastern Pennsylvania region with hopes to reach a broader audience with our programs and resources, while also providing geographically-curated recommendations and best practices to individuals, schools and early learning centers. Visit the Support and Resources page below for more information on eco-healthy best practices for those living in eastern Pennsylvania.
For nearly five years, WHE has partnered with Children’s Environmental Health Network to provide a tangible set of goals for early learning centers to benchmark their progress on reaching eco-health standards. These benchmarks that prioritize environmental health in centers are broken down into multiple categories, including but not limited to pesticides, lead, drinking water and air quality, material quality, and groundskeeping. While only a small number of centers receive the Eco Healthy distinction, many of the goals are easily achieveable and/or already included in PA’s early learning center licensing standards – meaning any center can easily take the steps to earn the Endorsement and make their commitment to keeping children healthy and safe known to their communities.
In response to the continued threat of climate change-related extreme weather events, WHE strives to provide resources that will help equip early learning centers throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania with tools to keep children safe. Thus, WHE asks early learning center administrators to fill out a form signifying centers’ current level of preparation and tools to better prepare for extreme flooding and heat.
WHE collaborates with a statewide network of organizations to provide Healthy Childcare Champion certifications. Our certification highlights the hard work being done at early learning centers to become healthier, more environmentally sustainable and more prepared for climate change impacts. Our certification helps centers showcase their shared commitment to keeping children healthy and safe from environmental toxins, establishes a network of support for Centers that similarly prioritize environmental health, and encourages others to become Champions themselves.
Want to become a Childcare Champion? WHE certified Healthy Childcare Champions must:
We invite you to Women for a Healthy Environment’s Annual May Day Green Soiree fundraiser that celebrates creating healthy communities for 14 years!
The evening will consist of delicious food, amazing entertainment and lots of fun, including special guest The Franchise Band, all in a beautiful setting along the river!