Silent Spring Institute Appoints Two New Board Members

March 28, 2012

Silent Spring Institute announces that Ellen Calmas and Ellie Goldberg have joined the board of directors. Silent Spring Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization that studies the links between the environment and women’s health, with a focus on breast cancer.  The goal is prevention.

Ellen S. Calmas is a long-time supporter of Silent Spring Institute.  She is the founding Chair of the Friends of Silent Spring Institute and the 2007 ellenrecipient of the Institute’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award.  She has helped to raise more than $5 million for the organization’s research and outreach programs.  Ms. Calmas is also a dedicated supporter of a host of other health, community service, and cultural organizations, including the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she chairs the Women’s Cancers Advisory Committee.  As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Neighborhood Pay Services, LLC, Ms. Calmas oversees marketing and sales support activity for Rent Assurance™, an innovative new payroll direct deposit program for the multifamily housing industry.  Ms. Calmas can be followed on twitter at @itakeaction2 as an advocate for environmental health and improved consumer choices, and at @rentassurance as an observer on market trends in serving consumers with less than perfect credit.

Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed., is an education and environmental health advocate working for healthy children, safe schools and sustainable elliecommunities.  In 1989, she founded www.healthy-kids.info to promote understanding of the health and educational needs of students with asthma and other chronic health conditions.  Ms. Goldberg also created Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion, a campaign dedicated to eliminating chemical hazards and unhealthy school conditions, and What Would Rachel Say?, a blog dedicated to the legacy of Rachel Carson.  She serves on the board of Clean Water Action/Massachusetts, the governing council of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the advisory board of the National Healthy Schools Network, Laboratory Safety Institute, and the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association.

Silent Spring Institute’s research is focused on hormone disruptors and carcinogens in everyday products and pollution.  In a recent study, Silent Spring researchers measured 55 hormone disruptors and asthma-related chemicals in 50 types of household products, demonstrating widespread exposure even from “greener” alternative cleaners, cosmetics, and personal care products (http://bit.ly/wnW6bw). 

Founded in 1994, Silent Spring Institute is named as a tribute to Rachel Carson, whose landmark book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement with her message that our health is intimately connected to the quality and integrity of our environment.  Carson died of breast cancer just two years after the book was published.

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