In 2015 I kept busy writing, marching and testifying as a long-time advocate for healthy children, healthy schools, and healthy communities. Like BIG BUILDINGS, BIG MACHINES, BIG STORIES, my Metropolitan Waterworks Museum video, my work focuses on ‘pride of purpose and pride of place’ as the inspiration for public policy and our government's role in both safeguarding the public health and enriching the quality and sustainability of our communities.
Remembering the Lessons of the 1937 Texas School ExplosionEvery year, to mark the anniversary of the March 18, 1937 Texas School Explosion, I salute inspiring individuals who show extraordinary responsibility and inspirational leadership for school and community safety. They live and work by a standard of excellence and integrity — often in the face of denial, willful blindness, and indifference about hazards and unsafe conditions.Heroes 2004 - 2016
Big Buildings, Big Machines, Big Stories(12 minutes), Ellie Goldberg: Producer and Director.Discover the glory of one of Boston's most significant historic buildings and its trio of magnificent engines. The film celebrates the architects and engineers who built Boston's first public water system and the visionary grassroots group dedicated to preserving its legacy. I hope the film will excite interest in the Museum and start conversations about our government's role in both safeguarding the public health and enriching the quality and sustainability of our communities.
What Would Rachel Say? Blogspot: Promoting the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, 5/27/1907 - 4/14/1964. Fostering a culture of Sentinel Lions who share Rachel's ethics and values. Working for sustained political and cultural change to prioritize public health.
In 1989 I founded www.healthy-kids.info, a consulting service promoting health security and educational equity for students with asthma and other chronic health conditions. My goal was to help educators, health professionals, community officials, organizations, policy makers and parents work together to improve policies and practices so that schools are safe for children's healthy development. (CV click here.)
Early career I have been a high school teacher, writer, researcher and curriculum developer:
Experiencing Psychology (Goldberg, 1978), (Science Research Associates, Inc. with Robert Goodale, PhD) and a series of faculty and student textbooks for the 24-program WGBH-PBS program, Discovering Psychology (1989).
My research interest was family mobility and welcoming communities. "The Supportive Environment," Children's Environments Quarterly: Residential Mobility, Penn State Univ., Spring, (Goldberg, 1985); "Relocation and the Family: A Crisis in Adolescent Development," Uprooting and Development, Coelho and Ahmed, Eds., Plenum., (Goldberg, 1980).
I have contributed to programs and materials developed by the Children's Television Workshop, the Food Allergy Network, WGBH-TV, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc., the National Association of School Nurses, the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Tom Plaut's Asthma Guide for People of All Ages, 1999, and others.
Mid-1980's I was health educator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program where I worked on education, outreach and legislative projects, including the update of the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention law in collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation and other advocacy groups.
Public Policy I am active in local, state and national organizations and coalitions to protect children's health security by improving school and community environments, especially by eliminating the use of pesticides and other hazards. I believe that the key to reducing preventable illness and disabilities is clean air, clean water, clean energy and safe food.
Long time board member of Clean Water Action and on the governing council and legislative sub-committee of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a statewide coalition of over 140 public health, education, labor, environmental and community groups working for environmental health and safety.
I served for eleven years as an expert consultant to the Committee on Asthma in the School of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/NIH).
I am or have been a board member of many health, education, and environmental organizations including the Silent Spring Institute, Clean Water Action, the Massachusetts Healthy Schools Network of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Toxics Action Center (MA), the Green Decade/Newton, the Laboratory Safety Institute, the national Healthy Schools Network, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America/New England (AAFA), the Coalition Organized for Health Education in Schools (COHES), and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN). I was the Asthma Resource Person and a parent volunteer for Newton's Understanding Our Differences: A Disability Awareness Program in the Newton Public Schools from 1987 to 1999.
As legislative chairperson of the Massachusetts PTA, I served as a member of MassPartners, a collaboration of the major school administrator, teacher, and parent associations in Massachusetts and as a board member of Citizens for Public Schools. I served on the Massachusetts Interdisciplinary Health Education and Human Services Advisory Council, one of sixteen councils established by the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993.
I have participated in activities of the American Public Health Association (Environmental Section), the Massachusetts Public Health Association, The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), SpedWatch, and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH).
COMMUNITY I am an active member of Green Decade/Newton advisory board and was the co-chair of GreenCAP, GD/N's Committee for Alternatives to Pesticides since 1994. GreenCAP has been awarded grants from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (University of Massachusetts/Lowell) and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
In 1997, I was recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as one of six "unsung heroes" in Massachusetts for my work promoting alternatives to pesticides through community education and public policy initiatives. In 2004 I received the Green Decade Coalition's Environmental Leadership Award. GreenCAP's work resulted in the City of Newton's adoption of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management Policy to eventually eliminate pesticides in all city-owned buildings and grounds. It was the basis of the City of Newton's application for the US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award.
On December 10, 2008, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) presented The Collaborative Action for Worker Justice Award to Ellie Goldberg, of The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, for outstanding efforts to promote safe jobs and healthy communities.
The world endures solely by virtue of the breath of school children. (Talmud)