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The U.S. Environmental Health Movement: Strategies and Successes
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:00pm

Author and educator Kate Davies will come to Portland State to discuss the state of the environmental health movement, trace its history and discuss strategies for its success in the future. 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, Noon to 1 p.m. 

WHERE: Market Center Building, room 123 (1600 S.W. 4th Ave.)

FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch!

This event is co-sponosored by the Oregon Environmental Council

Kate's new book, "The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement," is being called a "compelling history and an accessible guide that unravels the complexity of environmental health issues and the evolving environmental health movement and offers references and examples for how our collective and individual actions can make a healthy difference in the places where we live, work, play, and go to school."

About Kate: 

Kate Davies, M.A., D.Phil., has been active on environmental health issues for 35 years in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  In the late 1970s, while completing a doctorate in biochemistry at Oxford University, she worked for Greenpeace and the Political Ecology Research Group on the health effects of low-level radiation exposures in uranium miners and other populations. In the mid-1980s, she set up and managed the City of Toronto’s Environmental Protection Office – the first local government environmental office in Canada. Moving to Ottawa in 1990, she established and directed a successful environmental policy consulting company – Ecosystems Consulting - which provided services to the Canadian federal government and international agencies.

Frustrated by the slow pace of social change, Kate decided to return to school to study the topic and in 2002, she graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an M.A. in cultural anthropology and social transformation. Shortly after, she accepted a faculty position at Antioch University Seattle in the graduate program in Environment & Community and in 2007 she became director of its Center for Creative Change. She served in this role until 2010, after which she returned to her faculty position. As well as being core faculty at Antioch University Seattle, Kate is clinical associate professor at the University of Washington and teaches in the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. She has also taught at colleges and universities in Canada and the U.K.