December 9, 2022, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Join Women for a Healthy Environment and nationally recognized experts on environmental
and school health for a day of learning, sharing and energizing your school’s program.
If you’re a school administrator, teacher, facility director, board or staff member, don’t miss
an engaging day of speakers, panel discussions and the sharing of diverse viewpoints and
Keynote: Dr. Rengie Chan, Research Scientist and Deputy Indoor Environment Group Leader
in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, focuses her work on characterizing indoor air quality and implications to human
exposures in residential and commercial buildings.
Keynote: Molly Kawahata, former White House Climate Advisor for President Obama, centers
her work around how to harness psychology and neuroscience research to re-align the
climate movement around systemic change
Panel: Teaching Hope to the Next Generation of Climate Leaders in the School Environment
Discussion: Learning from Experts and Innovators’ Award-Winning Initiatives in School
The theme of Women for Healthy Environment’s flagship annual fundraising event this year is raising environmental awareness through champions of equity. WHE is excited to host Leah Thomas who will present on the intersection of environment and racism. Thomas promotes awareness of the fundamental truth that we cannot save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people -- especially those most often unheard. She looks to the future as the voice of a movement that will define a generation, advocating for and exploring the relationship between social justice and environmentalism.
Thomas is the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah and The Intersectional Environmentalist Platform, which is a resource media hub that aims to advocate for environmental justice and inclusivity within environmental education movements.
Her articles on this topic have appeared in Vogue, Elle, The Good Trade, and Youth to the People and she has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, BuzzFeed, Domino, GOOP and numerous podcasts. She is releasing a new book this spring entitled The Intersectional Environmentalist. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Chapman University and worked for the National Park Service and Patagonia headquarters before pursuing environmentalism full time.
Where and When? December 9, 2022 Virtual
8:30am– Welcome from Phil Johnson, Heinz Foundation on the Healthy Schools PA State of the Schools Report
9:00-10:00am: First Keynote speaker: former Climate Advisor to the Obama Administration and Activist, Molly Kawahata
10:00-11:00am Panel — Teaching Hope to the Next Generation of Climate Leaders in the School Environment
11:15-12:15pm – Second Keynote Speaker: Research Scientist and Deputy Indoor Environment Group Leader in Energy Analysis and Environmental Impact Division at Lawrence: Dr. Rengie Chan
12:15 – 12:45 pm: Break for lunch
12:45– 1:15 pm: Expert presentation on what it takes to promote and protect healthy school environments across PA
1:15 – 2:30 pm – Learning from Experts and Innovators’ Award-Winning Initiatives in School Environmental Health featuring PA Green Ribbon Schools.
2:30pm– Close with final remarks from Healthy Schools PA Program Manager, Shannon Meyers
Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children and those who devote their lives to shaping them into the next generation of leaders. Join engaging panel discussions among community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists and families from across our region, state and nation for the Healthy Schools Pennsylvania Summit on December 9, 2022.
Register for this free, virtual event using the link below: