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  • One Health One Planet Symposium

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    Keynote Speaker Announced for 2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium 
    Opening Reception Tues., April 14
    Symposium Wed., April 15
    Click Here for Tickets – Early Bird Rate Through Sun., March 1 Only
    Phipps Conservatory is pleased to announce the 2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium, “One Health and the Air We Breathe.” At One Health One Planet, hundreds of attendees and experts from across the country will discuss the critical issue of air quality and explore ways to address it.

    The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium is Heather McTeer Toney, the National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and protections against climate change. Prior to coming to Moms, Heather served as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!; and has written for and been featured in numerous papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. McTeer Toney was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the “50 Most Remarkable Women in the World.

    Heather will be joined by a group of dynamic leaders of their fields including:

    Myron Aronowitt – State Director for Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action
    Jamil Bey, Ph.D. – President and CEO, UrbanKind Institute
    Neil Donahue, Ph.D. – Thomas Lord Professor; Director of Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
    Jim Fabisiak, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Director of the Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D. – Research Director at the Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
    Jack Harkema, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl ACVP – University Distinguished Professor of Pathobiology & Diagnostic Investigation, Michigan State University
    Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Retired Pediatric Physician, University of Pittsburgh Climate and Global Change Center
    Matt Mehalik, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Breathe Project
    Camila Rivera-Tinsley – Director of Education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    Debra J. Romberger, M.D. – Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Meghan Scanlon, WELL AP – Wellness and Sustainability Specailist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    John Stolz, Ph.D. – Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Environmental Microbiology Professor, Duquesne University
    Sally Wenzel, M.D. – Professor of Medicine; Chair, Department of Occcupational and Environmental Health, University of Pittsburgh
    Linda Wigington – ROCIS Team Leader, ROCIS Pittsburgh
    Nsedu Witherspoon, MPH – Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

    Phipps is pursuing professional continuing education credits for M.D.s, D.V.M.s and nurses. Stay tuned for details.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas at

    Learn More and R.S.V.P.
  • Inspire Speakers Series: Inspirational Stories on the Intersections of Climate, Equity, and Health

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    Green Building Alliance’s first Inspire Speakers Series of the decade will engage local leaders and changemakers to tell their inspiring stories of the Intersections of Climate, Equity, and Health. Their amazing storytellers will recount their experiences throughout each topic, showing the symbiotic harmony between climate, equity, and health.


    4:30-5:30 – Food, Drinks, and Networking
    5:30-7:00 – Presentations by our Storytellers
    7:00 – Q&A Session, Networking with Storytellers