'We will be better able to carry out our common mission'
The Ecology Center and LocalMotionGreen, an environmental organization based in Grosse Pointe, will join together to form one of the region’s leading environmental health organizations, representatives of both groups announced at a gathering in Grosse Pointe on May 8.
“To further our mission and increase our impact—not only in our own community but throughout the region—we have been evaluating organizations with whom we share the common goal of improving health and quality of life,” according to Vivian Day, co-chair of LocalMotionGreen. “We have collaborated with the Ecology Center on many projects in the past, and believe that by joining together, we will be better able to carry out our common mission of promoting healthy people and a healthy planet.”
LocalMotionGreen was founded in 1999 to raise awareness about the connections between environmental toxics and negative health consequences, including cancer. The founders of the organization were inspired by the premature cancer deaths of a shocking number of neighbors, friends and other community members. “Our vision is a country in which preventable causes of cancer and other illnesses stemming from environmental toxicity have been eradicated,” Day said.
“We have worked together with LocalMotionGreen for many years on issues of environmental health, especially on how families can protect themselves from the dangers of household toxics,” according to Michael Garfield, director of the Ecology Center. “By merging, we’ll be able to broaden our outreach to more communities, and share our work in other areas like recycling, clean energy, healthy food and ‘green’ chemistry.”
Since its founding, LocalMotionGreen has organized dozens of events promoting healthy daily living, including Grosse Pointe’s annual Earth Day Fair, which from 2007 to 2011 connected residents with local sources for eco-friendly goods and information and helped boost local entrepreneurs offering natural and recycled products. LocalMotionGreen also developed a variety of educational materials providing solid information and advice on how to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals around the home.
“We provide educational programs for all ages and Green Home workshops to give practical tips on creating a healthier home,” according to Melissa Sargent, education director at LocalMotionGreen. “We also have brought in nationally renowned speakers and local experts to inform the community about the latest science and sources for environmentally friendly living.”
Sargent will continue in the same role at the Ecology Center, and will continue to provide many of the same programs.
The Ecology Center has provided complementary programs through its membership in the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health, a coalition of health professional, health-affected and environmental groups leading educational and advocacy campaigns to protect families and communities from toxic chemicals.
“We have grown into great allies through our collaborations with LocalMotionGreen in recent years,” according to Rebecca Meuninck, environmental health campaign director at the Ecology Center. “And we know that our efforts, aimed in part at policy reform at the state and federal levels, will be enhanced by LocalMotionGreen’s focus on engaging at the grassroots through information and education about green living.”
Published on May 9, 2013