Suwol, Robina

Robina Suwol is the Founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools (CSS), a nationally celebrated children's environmental health non-profit coalition of over fifty organizations located in Southern California. CSS is recognized for spearheading the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation at Los Angeles Unified School District (the second largest in the nation). The policy was the first in the United States to embrace the Precautionary Principle and Parents Right to Know about pesticides used on school campuses. Today it has become the model for school districts & communities internationally.

Federal and State Officials Hear Testimony Regarding the Impact of Pollution at Schools

By Robina Suwol, Executive Director of California Safe Schools, and Jane Williams of California Communities Against Toxics

Los Angeles, CA- Officials from U.S. EPA in Washington DC and San Francisco, and the new Brown Administration were in historic Los Angeles City Hall last Tuesday, February 1st  listening to testimony from experts and community members regarding the impact of pollution sources on schools.

The standing room only crowd listened intently as U.S. EPA representatives took notes on speakers comments made about its newly proposed guidance document on school siting. The documents which can be reviewed at are available for comment until February 18th.

This well attended “listening session” was sponsored by the two of us - Jane Williams of California Communities Against Toxics and Robina Suwol of California Safe Schools - and is the only scheduled session in the country.

Embracing the Precautionary Principle

robina-suwol-headshot-lg.jpgby Robina Suwol
Founder & Executive Director of California Safe Schools

One might think that when it comes to toxins and children, our government would take a precautionary approach, responding to early signs of harm. The European Union operates using a precautionary framework. But, we, in the United States do not.

We operate under a "prove harm" approach, in which science must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt a cause-and-effect relationship between a chemical and harm to necessitate regulatory action. Meanwhile, the health of our children rests in the balance.

Crazy, right?