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SafeLawns Foundation to Name Fowler as Executive Director

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Although the official announcement won’t come until Monday and the appointment won’t happen for a couple more weeks, I wanted to let our members and followers know some very exciting news: We have named our next Executive Director.

Robert P. Fowler has been doing some pro-bono work seeking grant sources for our foundation for the past several months. We have been talking behind the scenes about the possibility of him becoming our second director and recently he accepted the position. We couldn’t be more thrilled.

Here is the official release that we will send to the North American media next Monday:

SafeLawns Foundation Names Executive Director

National Non-Profit to Focus on Legislative Initiatives in 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Planning to redouble its efforts to advance anti-pesticide legislation across the United States in 2010, the Board of Directors of the SafeLawns Foundation announced the appointment of Robert P. Fowler as Executive Director effective Feb. 1, 2010.

Fowler, 46, holds a Masters Degree in public policy as well as advanced certification in applied research methodology and non-profit management. A former director of a mobile crisis team that treated New York City victims of the 9/11 attacks, he most recently served as director of affiliate relations for Sweetser, Maine’s oldest non-profit healthcare organization.

“I view the act of eliminating toxic pesticides from schools, businesses and home landscapes as preventative health care,” said Fowler. “I’m so excited at the prospect of advancing the work of the SafeLawns Foundation, especially at this pivotal point in the organization’s evolution. The mission of SafeLawns is so aligned with my passions and beliefs. I’ve been committed to organic gardening and landscape practices since well before it was in vogue, and I’ve only become more convinced over the years that pesticides are literally poisoning us and the planet. My goal is to work with SafeLawns allies across North America to make communities safer and more sustainable.”

The SafeLawns Foundation was formed in 2006 by Paul Tukey, the author of the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual (Storey, 2007). In 2009, Tukey produced a documentary movie, A Chemical Reaction, centered around Hudson, Quebec, the first town in the North America to ban lawn and garden pesticides. Hudson’s action led to victory in a landmark Supreme Court case and sweeping anti-pesticide legislation across Canada.

“With the movie drawing rave reviews at every venue, Paul is ready to take the film on a North American tour in 2010 and really open some eyes,” said SafeLawns Board member Timothy Rhys of Pacific Palisades, Ca. “Cities and towns in the United States are going to want to enact the same pesticide reforms that have come to Canada. We’re delighted to have Bob Fowler in place to help give communities and homeowners the tools they will need to create safe, beautiful landscapes that preserve water, resources and human and animal health.”

For more information, visit: www.SafeLawns.org or www.ChemicalReactionMovie.com or email Bob@SafeLawns.org.

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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