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Title: LocalMotion presents Safe Schools: Reducing Pesticides Workshop

LocalMotion

Better Health Through Fewer Toxins

NEWS                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2001                Contact: Melissa Bunker at (313) 886-9074

PESTICIDES AND CHILDREN DON¹T MIX, SAYS EXPERT  

DR. ELIZABETH GUILLETTE¹S LANDMARK FINDINGS SHOW
PESTICIDE EXPOSURES CAN DAMAGE CHILDREN


LocalMotion presents SAFE SCHOOLS


ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 30, 2001 ‹ Can pesticides hurt children?  The answer is ³Yes,² according to Dr. Elizabeth Guillette, keynote speaker at the November 10 Safe Schools workshop presented by LocalMotion.

The workshop, titled ³How Integrated Pest Management Will Reduce the Need for Pesticides,² also features representatives from area schools who practice basically non-toxic pest control ‹ safely, effectively and economically.

LocalMotion¹s Safe Schools workshop, ³How Integrated Pest Management Will Reduce the Need for Pesticides,² takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, from 12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trombly Elementary School Auditorium, 820 Beaconsfield Road, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. The program is open to the public; a donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Guillette will discuss her startling findings that clearly link pesticide exposure to diminished abilities in children ‹ lack of energy, learning disabilities and coordination problems.  Her Nov. 10 presentation is titled, ³Pesticides: Are the Warning Signs a Reality?²

Dr. Guillette is a distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities.

LocalMotion is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the connections between toxic chemicals in the environment and negative health consequences, such as cancer, in southeastern Michigan.

Speakers also include Mr. Dale Hodgson, Board Certified Entomologist and Pest Management Specialist with the University of Michigan Plant Services; Mr. Tim Gruszczynski, Projects Crew Chief, Ann Arbor Public Schools; Mr. Bernard Smith, Assistant Manager-Custodial Services, Birmingham Public Schools; and Mr. Gary Brezinski, Director of Building Services, West Ottawa Public Schools.

Mr. Larry Swain, Community Program Manager, Pesticide & Plant Pest, Management Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture, will discuss positive and successful results schools and communities have experienced with non-toxic pest management strategies.  Contributing his expertise and time, Mr. Swain has been advising LocalMotion on the Safe Schools program throughout its development.

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LocalMotion Safe Schools PROGRAM                                       Page 2

LocalMotion is grateful to the HP Foundation for their generous support of the Safe Schools program.  A detailed schedule is outlined below:


HOW INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
WILL REDUCE THE NEED FOR PESTICIDES

12:15            DOORS OPEN


12:30-1:30        PESTICIDES: ARE THE WARNING SIGNS A REALITY?
           Research Results From Landmark Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Guillette, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities; Visiting Professor, Interdepartmental Honors, University of Florida; Doctorate of Philosophy in Applied Anthropology, University of Florida; Masters in Nursing Education, University of Rochester

1:40-2:15            HOW TO CHOOSE THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
           Eliminating Conducive Conditions For Pests
Mr. Dale Hodgson, Board Certified Entomologist; Pest Management Specialist; The University of Michigan Plant Building Services; Education Chairman for the Michigan Pest Control Association

2:15-2:30        QUESTIONS FOR DR. GUILLETTE AND MR. HODGSON

2:30-3:30        NO PESTICIDES, NO PROBLEM
           Real Stories From Mich. Schools That Do Not Rely On Pesticides
Mr. Tim Gruszczynski, Projects Crew Chief, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Mr. Bernard Smith, Assistant Manager­Custodial Services, Birmingham Public Schools
Mr. Gary Brezinski, Director of Building Services, West Ottawa Public Schools

3:40-4:00        IPM IN MICHIGAN
           Impacts on Michigan Communities
Mr. Larry Swain, Community Program Manager, Pesticide & Plant Pest Management Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture.

4:00-4:30            QUESTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

In addition to the Safe Schools program, LocalMotion launched a five-part lecture series entitled, ³Toxic Chemicals in the Great Lakes Basin: The Michigan Story,² featuring internationally distinguished scientists and environmental policy experts.  The series began on October 16. The second lecture, ³Dioxin‹Are We All At Risk?² will be held December 5.  For more information on upcoming programs, please call LocalMotion offices at (734) 623-0773.

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