In a recent post, I wrote about the ubiquitousness of halogenated flame retardants and their potential health effects on humans and other species. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are a couple of events coming up where you can learn more about why halogenated flame retardants are a problem and what we can do about them.
On Friday, January 30 at the University of California–Berkeley, the Green Science Policy Institute is holding a daylong, interdisciplinary symposium on halogenated flame retardants. Open to the public, this event convenes two or three times a year, bringing together scientists, business leaders, environmental and health activists and others to present research and discuss issues related to the use of halogenated flame retardants. More information and registration: www.greensciencepolicy.org.
On Wednesday, February 11 in San Rafael, I’ll be taking part in a panel presentation, “The Flame Retardant Dilemma: Keeping Buildings Safe without Toxic Chemicals,” at the North Bay Green Building Professionals Guild. Fellow panelists include Cate Leger, Leger Wanaselja Architects; Alex Madonik, Green Science Policy Institute, and Brendon Levitt, Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates. Click here to find out more.
1/29/09 addendum: If you can’t make it to these events, I encourage you to watch these two short videos featuring Arlene Blum, Ph.D., talking about the problems with toxic flame retardants and what we can do to keep our homes and families safer. Dr. Blum is the executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a visiting scholar in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.