Thursday, June 26, 2014
This year promises exciting changes for the IISG pollution prevention program. Two new faces have joined the team and are expanding the program's efforts to protect water quality and aquatic habitats in Illinois and Indiana.
Erin Knowles came on board in May as the pollution prevention media specialist. Erin oversees the program's social media and web communication. Before joining IISG, Erin worked on public health and sustainability initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services and University Illinois Extension. She also brings experience as a freelance writer and photographer. Erin received her Master's in public health from Boston University.
The newest member of the program is Adrienne Gulley, an educator with years of experience in print and television communication. As the pollution prevention outreach specialist, she works with communities to establish and promote medicine take-back programs. Adrienne has a Master's in agricultural communications from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she also worked as an academic advisor.
Together Erin and Adrienne will work to strengthen IISG's Unwanted Meds program by raising awareness of pharmaceutical pollution and the importance of proper use and disposal. They will also advance the program's efforts to provide individuals and communities with the latest research on the impacts of personal care products.
And new team members also mean an opportunity to tackle new issues. In the coming months, the team plans to expand their outreach efforts to include chemicals like PAHs, one of the most widespread organic pollutants. It is found in everything from coal tar sealants to gasoline and has been shown to harm fish development and disrupt food chains.
Watch for more from the new pollution prevention program and keep up-to-date on the latest research and outreach on PPCP pollution @UnwantedMeds.