DVRPC Regional Student Forum on
Friday, March 4, 2011
Can our efforts impact our drinking water? Absolutely! Join us on Wednesday, March 16, as Dr. Julie Becker updates us on the activities of WHEN (Women's Health & Environmental Network). From its inception in 1997, WHEN has spearheaded regional initiatives to protect health and the water from environmental exposures. WHEN's mission is to champion our health through environmental action.
In recent years, WHEN has addressed issues that also impact water. WHEN expounded on its sustainable food initiative by challenging five large healthcare facilities to reduce the sales of bottled water for World Water Day. One hospital cut their water sales by half in a month's time.
WHEN's pharmaceutical pollution prevention programs aim to divert unwanted medications from the water through education, research and direct action. Working in partnership with federal and local agencies, academic institutions, pharmacies, and other organizations, WHEN develops pilot projects and research to test and create effective responses to this issue. World Water Day is held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day.
WHEN's founder and Board President, Julie A. Becker, PhD, MPH, will discuss current initiatives and explore the links among health, the environment and our water. To RSVP for this event, please call 215-685-0723 by March 14.
The event is free, but a donation of $5.00 is suggested. For a donation of $10 or more, you'll receive a beautiful poster of the FWWIC, suitable for framing!
Please forward this invitation to a friend!
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