West Hollywood’s Cathy Blaivas and Stephanie Harker are among four Californians honored as Earth Day Heroes by California Safe Schools.
Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, CSS is a children’s environmental health and environmental justice non-profit. CSS got national and international recognition by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Integrated Pest Management Policy.
In an announcement of the honors, CSS called out efforts by Blaivas and Harker to protect buildings and trees in Plummer Park from demolition as founders of Protect Plummer Park.
“Their hard work prevented the destruction of 56 heritage trees and the demolition of nationally designated Great Hall/Long Hall, originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1937,” CSS noted.
Other recipients are:
Sandra Schubert, honored for “more than two decades of public service, beginning with helping to craft the LAUSD IPM Policy, followed by her work as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, counsel to U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid from Nevada, her role as the State of California Food & Agriculture Undersecretary, and all of her volunteer efforts working with California’s groups which have led to greater protection for children’s health and the environment” and
Douglas Anderson, area facilities service director for the Los Angeles Unified School District, “for his enormous efforts working with LAUSD’s exceptional maintenance and operations staff, whose meticulous work ensures the successful implementation of LAUSD’s groundbreaking IPM Policy in place for almost 20 years. “
CSS said the LAUSD’s IPM policy is the most stringent in the nation for K-12 public schools. “Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts’ and communities’ pesticide management programs.”