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Project Clean Environment for Healthy Kids Earns Top Honors for Protecting Children’s Health

Release Date: 4/14/2005
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Farmworker Justice Fund’s Project Clean Environment for Healthy Kids, based in Washington, D.C., as one of 15 organizations nationwide to receive EPA’s first ever Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts to protect children from environmental health risks.

“Project Clean Environment for Healthy Kids is among the initiatives leading the way in protecting youth from environmental hazards,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “This project displays the commitment and dedication needed to protect the health of our children.”

The Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the living and working conditions of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. Project Clean Environment for Healthy Kids is an educational project seeking to improve the health literacy of farm worker families and low-income residents of the US/Mexico border region and increase the number of health care professionals to recognize, treat and report pesticide related illnesses.

Designed to increase awareness in protecting children from environmental health risks, the Children’s Environmental Health Excellence awards, recognize individuals and groups who have demonstrated leadership and have a track record in children’s environmental health. The recipients will be formally honored in Washington, D.C. on April 21.