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about the author and reviewers of the study & the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition

About the Pollution in People project

The Pollution in People study is a project of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, a diverse state-wide coalition of more than 50 organizations.

Lead author of the Pollution in People report was Erika Schreder, Staff Scientist, Washington Toxics Coalition. 
The study report and web site was approved by representatives of the steering committee organizations of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition:
Breast Cancer Fund, Healthy Building Network, People For Puget Sound, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington State Nurses Association, Washington Toxics Coalition, and WashPIRG.

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About the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition

We are a state-wide alliance of more than 50 organizations working to eliminate persistent toxic chemicals from our bodies and our environment.  Our members include: health professional organizations, environmental organizations, children's advocates, public health and health care advocates, environmental justice groups, green building experts, environmental health researchers, faith-based organizations, health-affected organizations, and others.

Our Vision is to leave our children a legacy of fresh air, clean water, thriving wildlife, and healthy bodies - a Toxic-Free Legacy.

Member organizations have endorsed a Four-Point Platform:

  • Phase out existing sources of persistent toxic pollution;
  • Clean up historical sources of persistent toxic pollution;
  • Prevent new sources from releasing more persistent toxic chemicals  into the environment; and
  • Promote alternatives to persistent toxic chemicals.
To learn more about the policy-based and market-based campaigns of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, please see our web site.


Lead author of the Pollution in People report was Erika Schreder, Staff Scientist, Washington Toxics Coalition. 

Advisors who helped develop the Pollution in People project include: Sharyle Patton, Kristin Schafer, Ted Schettler, Kim Hooper, and Sonya Lunder.  Sibyl Diver and Margaret Shield served as participant coordinators.

Members of the Toxic-Free Legacy Steering Committee and Washington Toxics Coalition staff who reviewed the report and/or the web site include: Heather Trim (People For Puget Sound), Nancy Dickeman (Washington Physicians for Social Responsibiliity), Pam Tazioli (Breast Cancer Fund), Karen Bowman (Washington State Nurses Association), John Rumpler (WashPIRG), Margaret Shield (Coalition Coordinator), and Laurie Valeriano, Philip Dickey, Ivy Sager-Rosenthal, Maria Mergel, Angela Storey, Kristin Tremoulet, Jim Dawson, and Gregg Small (Washington Toxics Coalition).

Content for the Safer Alternatives section of this web site was developed by Maria Mergel and reviewed by Philip Dickey, Erika Schreder, and Laurie Valeriano of the Washington Toxics Coalition.

Report design and cover, as well as web site design by Jessica Renner, Studiohatch.
Report layout, as well as assistance with web images, by Ken Steffenson, Washington Toxics Coalition.

Creation of the Pollution in People web site was led by Margaret Shield, Coordinator, Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition. 

Jon Stahl and the rest of the great staff at ONE/Northwest gave us invaluable and speedy assistance in using Plone to develop the content of this web site.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped test and debug the web site navigation: Caitline McKee and Sarah Ellison.

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