Public education forum to take place on Dec. 15

The Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) invites the greater Northwest Indiana community to attend an upcoming discussion about household toxins. The public education forum will take place Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Gary Public Library Main Branch, located at 220 W. 5th Ave.

A meet-and-greet will kick-off the event at 5:30 p.m., with the discussion starting at 6 p.m.

The discussion will be led by IU Northwest Assistant Professor of Environmental Management, Ellen Szarleta, J.D., Ph.D., who teaches Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy Analysis, and Toxics, Public Health and Law.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toxic substances contained in most everyday household products are synthetic, which means they are man made.

Some of the most common household products that contain these toxic substances include: drain and oven cleaners; laundry detergents; floor or furniture polish; paints; and pesticides.

Help improve the safety of your home, and the environment, by joining the discussion.

The sponsors of the event include IU Northwest SPEA and Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE).

For more information, please contact Ellen Szarleta, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at IU Northwest. She can be reached at (219) 980-6698 or at

The Gary Public Library Main Branch is located at the intersection of Adams Street and West 5th Avenue near the Genesis Convention Center.

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