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Verdopolis: City of the Future

Hackensack, NJ, February 11, 2005 - People can be so overwhelmed by all the information they hear about children’s health and the environment that they don’t know where to start, Deirdre Imus commented during a roundtable at “Verdopolis: The Future Green City,” in New York City, Feb. 11th.

Mrs. Imus is founder and director of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, part of Hackensack University Medical Center, a not-for-profit corporation. She advises consumers who want to green their lives to start with just one thing and manage that one thing on a daily basis.

“One mother said her child eats an apple every day. I suggested she start there and make sure that apple is 100 percent organic. You do that one thing until it stays, then you move on to the next thing on your list.”

The same is true for institutions and the Center that bears her name. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® started with Greening the Cleaning® at hospitals, but now spreading the program to governments, schools and businesses. The key to convincing organizations to adopt Greening the Cleaning®, she says is to always find that one person who understands what you’re talking about.

“We learned that there are many items in hospitals that may contain mercury, and we developed a program dedicated to eliminating those items one at a time.” The Environmental Center is now advising Hackensack University Medical Center on the new Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion on how to select more eco-friendly products, everything from floors to drapes to hospital clothing.”
 

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