Non-Governmental Organization (Ngo) Involvement In Implementing Virtual Elimination
|Description:||Summary: The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) helped the goals and objectives of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS) by working with the healthcare industry to eliminate PTS in hospitals, working with local government agencies to reduce PTS in wastewater, generally developing and implementing programs to reduce and eliminate the use of mercury and other PTS, educating and mobilizing citizens to become involved with the GLBTS, and by providing leadership to the overall GLBTS Integration and Substance workgroups.
Environmental Results/Products: NWF partnered with other ENGOs to plan a major public education initiative on deposition of airborne toxics. In September 1999, NWF published a report, Clean the Rain, Clean the Lakes: Mercury in Rain is Polluting the Great Lakes that documents the high concentrations of mercury in rainfall in the region. The report was designed to highlight the role that airborne PTS (particularly mercury) play in causing impairments to the Great Lakes basin.
NWF has worked with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) coalition to champion mercury pollution prevention in the healthcare industry. NWF and the international HCWH launched a campaign to persuade 100 hospitals to pledge to go mercury-free by National Hospital Week in May 1999. The campaign recruited 127 hospitals and 361 clinics in the Great Lakes Basin.
In March 1999, NWF co-hosted a conference on mercury pollution prevention for healthcare professionals in Michigan. The conference, attended by more than 120 people, was co-sponsored by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.
On September 16, 1999, NWF and the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility co-hosted a one-day conference on the use of mercury in the healthcare industry. This conference served to introduce the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the national trend of mercury pollution prevention in hospitals. Participants were educated about hospitals efforts to implement mercury pollution prevention and were encouraged to participate in the national Mercury Free Medicine campaign and the Health Care Without Harm coalition.
In November 1998, NWF organized a meeting in Chicago for Environmental Non-government organizations (ENGOs) and EPA staff to discuss future directions of the mercury workgroup in the GLBTS process. In April 1999, NWF convened a meeting of other ENGOs to develop a consensus position on proposed changes to the GLBTS process, which were subsequently adopted at the GLBTS Stakeholder Forum in Toronto.
Dr. Michael Murray conducted an analysis of the multi-pollutant, multi-workgroup implications of different types of incinerators, which led to the development of an Incinerator Workshop.
NWF conducted a grassroots campaign to spark public involvement in the GLBTS. NWF mailed information to more than 4,000 activists and 200 organizations, devoted coverage on its web sites, and organized public participation at the hearings on the Strategy in Washington, DC and Chicago. As a result of this effort, more than 400 citizens submitted letters and comments.
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.
Organizations Receiving Funding
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.
National Wildlife Federation - Primary Contact
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
506 E. Liberty, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2210
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Clean Air Network - Partner
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
p: (202) 289-2429
Clean Water Action - Partner
205 1/2 North Main St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
p: (734) 222-6347
f: (734) 222-6473
Ecology Center - Partner
117 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
f: 734-663-2414 firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Lakes United - Partner
Buffalo State College, Cassetty Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14222
p: (716) 886-0142
f: (716) 886-0303
Health Care Without Harm Coalition - Partner
1755 S Street, NW
Suite 6 B
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
f: 202-234-9121 email@example.com
Lake Michigan Federation - Partner
Sierra Club - Partner
85 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94105-3441