Meeting Archive:
The Business Case for Protecting Children's Environmental Health

Thank you for your interest in children's environmental health!
The recorded webinar is now available and can be accessed here.
Please plan on joining us for the 4th installment of our 5-part webinar series, "Mobilizing Society to Take Action on Children's Environmental Health"  in September, date and time TBD.

Meeting Description:
In order to protect children’s environmental health, we need to marshal the engine of the economy to achieve environments in which children can thrive and enjoy abundant opportunity for building a sustainable, economically secure future. One aspect of the economy with significant implications for children’s health is product manufacturing and chemical safety. There are over 85,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. marketplace. A very small percentage of them have been tested for safety to human health. Many common consumer products contain harmful chemicals which can pose risks to children’s health during product use. In addition, the production, transport, and disposal of many products may also pose environmental health risks. There is a critical need for industry and businesses to apply a life cycle lens to assess products and their potential environmental impacts and harm to children’s health, and to place children at the center of decision-making.

While a growing number of businesses are working towards safer practices and materials, they are still in the minority. But adopting a commitment to prioritize children’s health in all practices not only feels good, it makes good business sense.

This webinar, co-sponsored with the American Sustainable Business Council, will highlight a business membership organization and successful businesses that are leading the way to make changes in the marketplace. These visionary business leaders are working towards a robust economy that is centered around human health and equity and environmental sustainability.

 Webinar Objectives:

  1. Hear from a business membership organization and two businesses that are leading the way in creating a greener and healthier marketplace.
  2. Learn about challenges or obstacles to prioritizing environmental health in business and how to address them.
  3. Learn how these efforts ultimately make good business sense, for the bottom line and beyond.
Date: Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Children's Environmental Health Network and American Sustainable Business Council
 Presenter Information
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH - Moderator
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Ms. Witherspoon is the Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), where she organizes, leads, and manages policy, education/training, and science-related programs. For the past 19 years, she has served as a key spokesperson for children’s vulnerabilities and the need for their protection, conducting presentations and lectures across the country.  She is a Co-Leader for Advancing the Science/Health initiative of the National Collaborative on a Cancer-Free Economy Network. Ms. Witherspoon is also a Board member for the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the Environmental Integrity Project, and serves on the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Advisory Council.

David Levine
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Mr. Levine is the co-founder and President of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of business organizations and businesses, collectively representing over 250,000 businesses, committed to advancing market shifts and policies that support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 40 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, Cityh University of New York. From 1984-1997, David was Founder and executive director of the Learning Alliance, an independent popular education organization.

Brad Harrison
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Brad Harrison is a consumer-driven innovation and growth expert. Seven times over his career in the consumer product goods industry, his teams have launched the biggest new product in a company's history. Brad's career has taken him from startups to Fortune 500 companies and back, covering eight states and four countries. Since 2016, Brad has been working as the Vice President of Marketing at  Earth Friendly Products®, a family-owned and operated sustainable manufacturer of the ECOS® brand of green laundry detergents, household cleaners, and pet and baby products. Earth Friendly Products® has proudly been a supporter and partner of the American Cancer Society and its "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks" for the past seven years.

Barry A. Cik
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Mr. Cik is founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of award-winning certified organic mattresses. He has had a lifelong interest in preserving the environment, not only for us, but for all future generations as well. A board-certified environmental engineer, Barry is an advocate for legislative reform and a strong supporter of the American Sustainable Business Council. Barry is also a frequent speaker and thought leader, speaking before scientific, consumer, political and business audiences.