April 2016
Healthy School Summit
Are you interested in learning how to make schools healthier, greener spaces? 
The summit will be feature keynote speaker, Lorna Rosenberg, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator for US EPA Region 3 Mid-Atlantic. The summit will include a variety of breakout sessions regarding strategies and solutions for making schools healthier. Facilitated session topics include:
  • Asthma in Schools - John Keith, PA Asthma Partnership
  • Environmental Risks Near Schools - Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, WHE/Healthy Schools PA and Patrice Tomcik, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Integrated Pest Management - Lyn Garling, PA Integrated Pest Management Program
  • Building Operations - Andrew Ellsworth, Green Building Alliance
  • Environmental Health and Sustainability Curricula - Nikole Sheaffer, Environmental Charter School & Chelsea Holmes, Healthy Schools PA
  • Nutrition, Gardens, and Farm to School - Tazeen Chowdhury, Mt. Lebanon School District and Jake Seltman, Grow Pittsburgh
Register here. Limited space still available. Following the summit, we will hold the inaugural Healthy Schools PA Recognition Luncheon where schools from southwestern PA will be recognized for steps they have taken to creating a healthy environment!

More WHE News...
Greening Early Childhood Learning Centers
With all of our healthy schools work, we did not want to leave out our youngest, most vulnerable population in the educational setting. In collaboration with Keystone Stars, join us on  June 2 for "Creating Healthy Centers,"  a workshop  to discuss low- or no-cost approaches to greening early childhood centers. Click here to download the flyer. For more information and to register, click here.
Lead Testing

WHE continues to offer FREE lead tests to schools and early childcare centers who wish to have their water tested for lead. To request a kit, contact us at 412-404-2872 or email us
Make It and Take It Workshops
Interested in having a Make It and Take It workshop in your community? Contact us! WHE staff will present on Creating a Healthy Home and provide hands on activities for Do-It-Yourself green recipes. Below is a recipe for a DIY insect repellent:

Herbal Mosquito Repellent Spray
* 14 ounces Witch Hazel
* 10 ml (2 tsp) Citronella Essential Oil
* 10 ml (2 tsp) Eucalyptus Essential Oil
* 10 ml (2 tsp) Lemongrass Essential Oil
(You can also add clove, patchuli, and/or tea tree essential oils)

Mix ingredients together, shake well and pour into spray bottles(s). To store more than a month or two, it is best to keep the spray in a glass bottle or you can halve the recipe.

Give the bottle a shake each time you spray. If it's hot and you're perspiring, re-apply every few hours.
Save the Date!
Our Healthy Communities conference will be held on October 6th at the David Lawrence Convention Center! Brilliant keynote speakers, engaging breakout sessions and book signings!