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Deirdre Imus Shows Green Living With Bergen Community College's Women's Institute

Bergen Community College’s Women’s Institute (BCCWI) in Paramus, NJ, recently hosted a conference “What’s Green Got to Do With It?” with Deirdre Imus of New York City, a national leader in the field of children’s health and environmental issues. Mrs. Imus spoke on the health benefits of green living and autographed copies of her New York Times bestselling books. 

It was a first visit to Bergen Community College (BCC) for Mrs. Imus, president and founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®.  “I am impressed with the lush, sprawling green grounds of your beautiful campus,” said Mrs. Imus. “It is wonderful that the state’s largest community college has made such a commitment to providing its 17,000 students with a natural environment.”


Dr. Jose Adames BCC’s interim president, said, “Mrs. Imus has demonstrated her commitment to green living and it is consistent with Bergen Community College’s commitment to academic excellence and we encourage our students to take these lessons to heart.” He also noted BCC was recently named 1 of 120 community colleges in the nation to be named eligible to apply for the prestigious Aspen Prize—a distinction for outstanding academic and workforce outcomes.

Sandra Sroka, M.A.Ed., BCCWI coordinator and interim dean, School of Continuing Education Corporate and Public Sector Training stated, “As the campus seeks to continually advance its green initiatives, today’s event and topic was a great starting point for our endeavors.”


Mrs. Imus is frequently recognized for the development of the award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program and product line, which replaces the hazardous ingredients commonly found in cleaning agents with non-toxic plant based ingredients. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her impact as a leader in the field of environmental health, for raising awareness, and serves on the boards of several children’s health organizations.  Mrs. Imus is a frequent contributor to and Fox Business Channel.


Marlene B. Pissott of Midland Park, president and founder of InGroup Inc. and, a marketing and media communications agency in Wyckoff that co-sponsored the event, and chair of BCCWI shared, “Bergen Community College’s Women’s Institute was delighted to have Mrs. Imus generously impart her wisdom and insights into the benefits of green living with us.”  Mrs. Pissott said, “The practical lessons we learned today are easy to integrate into daily living and could positively impact the health for ourselves and our families for years to come. We are grateful to Mrs. Imus for reminding us that we can all make a difference.”


The Women’s Institute is dedicated to developing the skills and innate abilities of all women who care about taking greater control of their lives. The Institute is a consortium of local businesses, site teaching and professional programs at Bergen Community College. The continually expanding organization is caring, nurturing and supportive; imparting its collective years of experience to other women interested in expanding their skills in the workplace and at home. For more information, please visit


Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr.

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