PEST CONTROL WITHOUT PESTICIDES
Los Angeles, CA -
Imagination can make kids laugh, but it
can also save their lives. Thats why the California Safe
Schools Coalition partnered with internationally celebrated
artist Michael Bruza with a launch of an innovative
childrens safety poster campaign, aimed at reducing pests
without the use of pesticides.
"I have always had an interest in creatively delivering
kids content, programming and educational materials.
Partnering with CSS gives me the opportunity to directly
impact and improve the well-being of thousands of kids. That
means a great deal to me."
No stranger to community and educational causes, Bruza has
been artistically enhancing childrens content for over 10
years. Bruza's portfolio includes countless projects for
Disney and Warner Bros, including his design for the Central
Perk logo for the popular television show,
"Friends." The enormous initial success of Mr.
Bruza's poster projects for California Safe Schools focuses
on preventing pests through school cleanliness, and actions
children can take to protect themselves from West Nile
Virus. To date CSS has distributed over 40,000 posters to
schools throughout California.
California Safe Schools is a parent driven nonprofit
environmental Coalition of over forty organizations located
in Southern California committed to the health and safety of
children, teachers, staff and community members who reside
near school sites. California Safe Schools is nationally
recognized for creating the most stringent pesticide policy
for schools in the United States. This Integrated Pest
Management Policy (IPM) was the first in the USA to embrace
the "precautionary principle" and includes a
Parents Right to Know about pesticides used in their
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)uses least-toxic methods to
eradicate pests. This IPM policy has become the model for
school districts and communities throughout the country.
"California Safe Schools is fortunate to have such a
seasoned, multi-faceted artist as an ally. Michael's
understanding of children's health, and overall
environmental issues enables him to create strong messages
with exceptionally brilliant illustrations.
As a result our organization has been able to effectively
increase outreach, and prevent illness resulting from
chemical exposure linked to pesticides," said Robina
Suwol, Executive Director of California Safe Schools.
"We are proud of our record of cooperative
activism" stated Ashley D. Posner, Esq., California
Safe Schools' Chairman and parent of two children in the Los
Angeles Unified School District. "We have worked hard
to bring diverse parties together in our mutual interest of
caring for our children and their school environment.
We appreciate the efforts of all of the school
administrators, teachers, parents, kids and professionals
who have put aside traditional politics and positions.Our
success is shared with our entire community. We especially
are grateful to Mr.Bruza for his creativity and generosity.
His work is a spectacular assistant in promoting our
message across our community."
California Safe Schools work is made possible through the
generosity of the California Wellness Foundation, California
Endowment, William C. Bannerman Foundation, S. Mark Taper
Foundation, Patagonia, Pesticide Watch Education Fund,
Liberty Hill Foundation, Jewish Foundation,
Warner Brothers Environmental Initiatives, LA Shares,
Staples, and Nuprint Graphics . CSS is committed to ensuring
that all students, teachers, staff and community members who
live near school sites are in a safe, toxic-free
To view posters and further information:
Robina Suwol, Executive Director
California Safe Schools