Members of PVAC, ARISE, Toxics Action Center attended a Standout/Speakout action at the emergency City Council meeting on Wednesday September 10th. The City Council voted 11-1 to appeal--however, the mayor has not designated funds for legal representation. Attend the next PVAC meeting to learn more. ARISE , MassLive article on the Biomass Plant Facebook
PVAC will meet on September 24th at 9 am at the American Lung Association's office. Full PVAC meeting schedule.
PVAC has received three new grants for the coming year. Check out the new projects we'll be working on.
Anti-Idling Signs Posted at ALL Springfield Schools
Idle-free School Sign on Alton St by Putnam and Sci-Tech
Springfield Public Schools facilities office have posted anti-idling signs at ALL Springfield schools. This was a result of PVAC's campaign with ARISE and Mason Square Health Task Force to get the Massachusetts law on Anti-idling at Schools enforced. Thanks to Superintendent Warwick and the School Committee for taking action on the concerns of PVAC, ARISE and other community Members. For more information, see Idle-Free Schools.
Climate Change Planning Meetings
PVAC is joining with ARISE and Climate Action Now! on developing a Climate Change Plan for Springfield. The first of three community meetings was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Over 50 people joined together to envision a plan focused on the goal of a clean, healthy, and just Springfield. The meeting ended with a video of all participants answering the question: Why do you want a Climate Change Plan. Check out the video. and add a comment with your reason for creating a Climate Change Plan for Springfield!
LiveWell Springfield Highlights
Alex Martin's experience with controlling her asthma is featured in Live Well Springfield's story-based education campaign. They feature Springfield residents who have
made small but significant changes that have had a big impact on themselves and the people they care about. Collecting the stories for this healthy living campaign began in July 2013 and is an ongoing project. Read Alex Martin's story and check out other stories featured in the LiveWell Springfield campaign.
Improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities affected by asthma in the Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC) is a coalition of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Massachusetts.