Pollution Prevention Institute to Offer Free Workshops on Green Living

Sustainability and eco-friendly living is the focus of the workshops

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology is hoping to raise awareness about the environmental concerns related to everyday household products and their disposal impacts on human health and the ecosystem.

The institute is offering a series of free workshops called “Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes,” in association with the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, thanks in part to funding received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In this series of free two-hour workshops, homeowners will learn how to make smart choices to protect their families and the environment, all while saving money.

“We really hope to educate and raise awareness of how household products can have an impact on personal health and our environmental footprint,” says Anahita Williamson, director of the Pollution Prevention Institute. “The workshops will contain a mix of presentation and in-class activities to ensure learning is engaging and fun. Homeowners should take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the everyday products they use.”

The workshops, held at the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, 800 West Metro Park, Brighton, are:

“How Green is your Clean?” 6 to 8 p.m. April 18: Are the products you use to clean your house affecting your health? Learn about the household cleaning product choices you have to make your home clean and safe for your family.

Safer Household Products, 6 to 8 p.m. April 25: What do cookware, food storage containers, light bulbs and furniture have in common? All may affect your health and the environment. Learn more about these and other everyday products, your options, and how to limit your exposure. Make better choices without sacrificing your budget.

Hazardous Waste @Home, 6 to 8 p.m. May 2: Ever wonder what to do with unwanted paint cans, batteries and pharmaceuticals? Not sure what to do with outdated computers? Protect your family and pets by learning how to store and dispose of hazardous waste found in your home.

Potential Hidden Dangers of Personal Care Products,” 6 to 8 p.m. May 9: What’s really in your deodorant, perfume or makeup? How safe are your personal care products? Learn more about the ingredients in everyday products that can affect your health and the environment.

Workshops are open to the public and are free to attend. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact the Pollution Prevention Institute at greenhomes@rit.edu or 585-475-2512.