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EnviRN News – August 13, 2017 Collaborative PBTs Playbook Food 2030

August 13, 2017

I hope you are ready for the eclipse next week. The laws of physics will change, time will quit its linear path, poisons will disappear from our environment, carbon dioxide will return to more normal levels, and, well, maybe not. Enjoy!

Nursing Collaborative

ANHE has partnered with ecoAmerica as a founding partner of Climate for Health, a national initiative that brings together leaders across the health sector that are committed to advancing climate solutions to protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Through this partnership ANHE has formed the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health, a collaborative effort between national nursing organizations, focused on elevating climate change as a health priority, creating a nursing literature community, and building collective support and action for solutions. For more information go to Climate.


EPA is hosting a webinar to explain the process regarding five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals under TSCA. The webinar is on 9/7/17. For more information about the webinar go to PBT. And for some background go to Chemicals. Ok, I admit it seems to me if EPA is calling a chemical PERSISTENT BIOACCUMULATIVE TOXIC getting it out of our lives is a no brainer. At that second site you can scroll down to find the link to where you can comment. Get them gone is what I think.


Hospitals are a big deal. I think I know there are about 35 million admissions per year, average stay is about 4.5 days, while large hospitals have about 2 percent of the commercial floor space they consumed 5.5 percent of energy used by the commercial sector. And there is food, water, toxic exposures, and many other issues. For Climate Action Playbook for Hospitals go to Playbook.  And check in at the ANHE Practice workgroup.


I love to eat. I love it too much. That BMI thing is just hurful. It is wonderful that so many people are working on food at many levels. Check out these readings about the Good Food Movement.


Time to weigh on the plans for Healthy People 2030 at, of course, 2030. I wonder if they will listen to my whining they missed an opportunity to tie it to the song “In The Year 2525”?


APHA annual conference
– November 4-8, 2017
APHN annual conference – April 2018?
Clean Med – May 7-9, 2018
ACHNE annual conference – June 2018?

Webinars and Courses

Course – Case Studies in Environmental Medicine – Case Studies
Course – Chemicals of Concern – Six Classes
Webinar – EPA Rules and Children – Archived
Webinar – Mental Health and Climate – Archived

ANHE Website

Go to ANHE.

ANHE has a number of workgroups. Education, Practice, Research, Policy, and Climate. If you are interested in one of them, go to the pull down menu ‘Work Groups’ at the ANHE site.


ANHE is your nursing organization that works for you on environmental issues. Keep it going, go to Donate.

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.