Gina Solomon Honored by California Safe Schools

Photo: Patricia Quinlan, MPH, CIH

Gina Solomon (dressed in blue) is recognized by CA Safe Schools with a Humanitarian Award. Photo is courtesy of CA Safe Schools.

Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency and Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UCSF, was honored by California Safe Schools (CSS) with their Humanitarian Award. The award recognized Solomon’s dedication to protecting children's health throughout her career. CSS presented Solomon with the award at their 18th anniversary summit held at the California Endowment in Los Angeles on October 17, 2016.

Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, the mission of CSS is to ensure that all students, teachers, staff, and community members who live near school sites are in a safe toxic-free environment.

CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools and the first to embrace the Precautionary Principle and Right to Know. The success of the policy led to AB 2260 (Shelley), the California Healthy Schools Act of 2000. Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities. Visit their website: http://www.calisafe.org.

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