2008 GCLAC Annual Meeting: Lead Poisoning and Urban Redevelopment, Challenges and Affordable Solutions

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 12:25.
05/22/2008 - 07:30
05/22/2008 - 13:00

REALNEO is a founding affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council (GCLAC) - and REALNEO actively promotes "Lead Safe Living" in NEO. For the past several years it has been my honor to work with 100s of amazing people associated with GCLAC, the most innovative and important community redevelopment initiative in Ohio, eradicating lead poisoning and its consequences in this most lead poisoned region in America. We have made great strides and enter a transition stage where we are "institutionalizing" lead poisoning eradication by making it core to public awareness and action for healthy living, centered on healthy homes and environment. So the lead poisoning dialog will no longer be centered only on the plight of poor urban children and toys from China but on lead poisoning's impacts on all of society, and community strategies for mitigation. This year's GCLAC annual meeting, at the Cleveland Natural History Museum, focuses on this turning point in our community approach to lead poisoning, as the topic of the world-class meeting is "Lead Poisoning and Urban Redevelopment". You are invited to attend... see detailed information on the free event and how to register in the message from the event coordinator, Jacqueline Knox Kelly, below.

We are pleased to announce that online registration is now open for the 2008 Annual Meeting to be held from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval, Cleveland, OH.


The topic of this year's symposium is Lead Poisoning and Urban Redevelopment: Challenges and Affordable Solutions. Dr. David Jacobs, of the National Center for Health Housing is the keynote speaker.

I am the Annual Meeting Coordinator, so please feel free to contact me directly for questions that you may have about the entire meeting.  I can be reached at (216) 664-2480 or jkelly [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us" href="mailto:jkelly [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us">jkelly [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us.  


Attached is detailed material for the Meeting, To register, visit www.clevelandhealth.org. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. 


Jacqueline Knox Kelly

Deputy Project Director

Cleveland Department of Public Health

Division of Environment

1925 St. Clair Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

(216) 664-2480   Fax (216) 664-3353

jkelly [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us  

www. clevelandhealth.org

About the Symposium
WHO:                       Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council
WHAT:                      2008 Annual Meeting
WHEN                       Thursday, May 22, 2008
                           7:30 am-1:00 pm
WHERE:                     The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
                           1 Wade Oval Drive
                           Cleveland, OH 44106
                           Lead Poisoning and Urban Redevelopment:
                           Challenges and Affordable Solutions
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:           David E. Jacobs, PhD, CIH
                           Director of Research
                           National Center for Healthy Housing
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Breakout sessions will feature the symposium keynote speaker and other experts in lead hazard control; as well as community leaders, city planners and housing experts.

# 1: Integrating Lead Hazard Control with Healthy and Green Housing
This session will consider the benefits and difficulties of combining lead hazard
control with other interventions to reduce housing-related health hazards. How
lead hazard control fits with an emerging affordable green housing model (lower
utility costs, reduced environmental impact, and health) will also be discussed.

Participants: Stuart Greenberg and Mandy Metcalf, Environmental Health Watch
and Andy Nikiforova, Executive Director of Community Housing Services
(formerly Lutheran Housing).

# 2: Urban Planning for Lead Burdened Communities
The session will focus on how the City of Cleveland’s redevelopment planning
reduces lead hazards is leading to a reduction in the number of homes with lead
hazards; the challenges and opportunities municipalities face because of the large
number of vacant homes and apartment structures; strategies to remediate vacant
land; and cooperative efforts between Community Development Corporations and
the City to renovate vacant and abandoned properties.

Participants: Keynote speaker, David Jacobs and Theresa Schwartz of the Kent
State University Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio will lead a panel of city
planning and redevelopment experts.

# 3: Lead Safe Renovation: Rules & New Technology for Preserving Cleveland’s
Housing Stock

This session, aimed primarily at contractors. Panelists from the Ohio Department
of Health and Cleveland Department of Public Health will provide a practical
introduction to the new EPA rules for home renovation. The session will include a
hands-on demonstration of some new and emerging technology for paint removal.
Participants: Cleveland Lead Hazard Control program manager, Jonathon Brandt
and lead hazard control contractor, Mansukh Hirani, of Cleveland Housing
Network will lead the discussion.

PARKING:                  Free parking at The Cleveland Museum of Art,
11150 East Blvd.
BREAKFAST:                Free for annual meeting registrants. Service will begin at 7:30 a.m.
REGISTRATION:             Registration deadline is May 20, 2008. On-line Registration: www.clevelandhealth.org.
                          For more information, contact Jacqueline Knox Kelly,
                          Lead Safe Living Campaign at 216-664-2480.

The GCLAC Annual Meeting is free and open to the public




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Hey Lead-heads... register NOW!

I just got an email from the Lead Safe Living Director saying the annual meeting is filling up fast and to make sure all committee members resgister ASAP. Considering this issue is the most important we may address, to improve our regional economy and long term quality of life, and GCLAC consists of all health service partners in the region, state and nation, and the annual meeting is internationally important and innovative in subject, being lead and urban redevelopment, and the meeting will be attended by mayors, county commissioners, etc., with a full free breakfast, and is at the spectacular Natural History Museum, offering free access and free parking at the Cleveland Museum, with maximum capacity of 300, it is safe to say the event will be full soon. REGISTER NOW!!!!

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What "Citizen Journnalists" will cover this event?

I've seen enough discussion about lead poisoning on BFD and other blogs here to know there is concern across the community, at the websphere level, so what leaders of the blogsphere will step up now and commit to participate in this discussion at the source of knowledge, to share the latest insight to all corners of the region?

I ask you to promote this event and issue throughout your virtual community, to give your members the opportunity to join us at the annual meeting, and I ask you to register yourselves and let us know here that you will be there, and work with others there seeking to promote this issue to educate our community about something that really matters, and about which we may each personally make a difference.


You know if you should be there... if you are not there, I'll hunt you down to find out why. No opt out on making NEO Lead Safe for all.

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thanks for the reminder

I so appreciate you're reminding me about this, Norm. I just signed up. Last year's Annual Meeting blew me away.

I was disappointed that Mayor Jackson, who spoke during breakfast last year was whisked off by his handlers and was not able to stay to be among the rest of us who learned, mouths agape, from the speakers last year.

I encourage everyone to take time to learn about this issue. I'll do my best to report on what I learn.

Spread the word

I had a heavy hand planning the subject for this year's annual meeting - Lead and Urban Redevelopment - and I am on the planning committee for the annual meeting and specifically session # 2: Urban Planning for Lead Burdened Communities, along with a team of amazing community leaders like Paul Herdeg, Stu Greenberg, Terry Schwarz and Magda Gomez - which brings Kent Urban Design Collaborative and Case Poverty Center to the forefront of this discussion, better integrating lead eradication in other aspects of regional planning and GIS - it is expected there will be very important outcomes from this annual meeting, as has been the case with all our past events.

Please follow Susan's lead and register for this event and go to the effort to directly contact people you know who should be at this annual meeting and invite them to join you. Then, participate, learn and educate the community. That is how we shall end this crisis!

I will not let people forget, until it is too late and the meeting is full. Then, we'll work on driving positive benefits for the future. Welcome to GCLAC.

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just goes to show

I saw the announcement and didn't even read through. I knew I would want to make time for this. If I had read the entire post, I would have know I didn't need to spread the word to Christopher Diehl of the CUDC, because Terry Schwarz will be on the panel. That's the breakout session I signed up for at the meeting. I think this is a fascinating and complex topic.

I have wondered about the homes being razed in Cleveland and what is left behind on these bare lots and then what is washed off into the storm sewers and the waterways. I've envisioned kids making lead-filled mudpies, innocently unaware that they are being poisoned. We have long associated lead poisoning with children pictured eating paint chips and indeed that may be a recognizable problem, but more silent and insidious is the lead in the soil and elsewhere that we don't see.

I was speaking with a Cuyahoga County planner about this, and he said, with the paint manufacturers who made paint for decades in Cleveland - clouds of lead dust lingered and settled over much of the region carried on the breeze. As community garedneing staff members at the OSU Extension have told me, you just never know where you might find it.

Thinking of an edible estate? Have your soil tested or you may be eating lead for dinner. And ask yourself, if you're eating fish from the river nearby - what that fish might contain. Hmmm...

Just registered

This looks to be a truly informative and enlightening experience.  I'll be attending the Urban Planning breakout to cover that one, and look forward to it!

Reminder to register of the day

I just received the following useful message from Lyn Luttner, one of our EPA representatives to GCLAC... one of the core topics of the Annual Meeting is new EPA guidelines for lead poisoning prevention during renovation and remodelling... the following is a link to information from the EPA on those guidelines... read this and realize the huge implications for contractors and owners of older property in the region... lead poisoning is being institutionalized as a broad-based, regional, healthy-homes, healthy-living requirement that likely impacts you... have you registered for the GCLAC annual meeting, before it is filled-up?

Hi All,

I am sending you a link to a US EPA web site that has a lot of valuable
information regarding the new renovation, repair and renovation rule
issued March 31, 2008:  http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm

Lyn Luttner

Lyn Pennington Luttner
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5/Resources Management Division
Cleveland Office Manager
25089 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH  44145
Cleveland Office phone:  440.250.1700
Direct Line:  440.250.1711
Fax:  440.250.1750
E-mail:  luttner [dot] lyn [at] epa [dot] gov
Cleveland Office web site:  http://www.epa.gov/reg5ohio

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