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This year's One Health One Planet symposium will be held virtually! Please see below for new dates and updated information.

2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium
"One Health and the Air We Breathe" 
Oct. 19 – 23; noon – 2 p.m. daily

A virtual symposium

The 2020 One Health One Planet symposium will focus on the topic of air quality. Pittsburgh’s air quality ranks in the dirtiest 8 percent of U.S. cities, contributing to higher rates of heart and lung disease and other serious health issues. At this year’s symposium, you’ll join attendees and experts from across the country to discuss this critical issue and explore ways to address it.

What You Need to Know About Air Quality

Allegheny Front recently published an article on our region's air quality that provides an excellent introduction to discussion of this important topic.

Read the Article

Phipps has approved professional continuing education credits for M.D.s, D.V.M.s. Credits for nurses are still pending. Details will be announced soon.

Keynote Speaker: Heather McTeer Toney

Heather McTeer Toney serves as the National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and protections against climate change. Prior to coming to Moms, Heather served as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!; and has written for and been featured in numerous papers including The New York Times and The Washington Post. McTeer Toney was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the 50 Most Remarkable Women in the World. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta and a law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. She loves triathlons and bacon, and at any time can be found chasing her toddler or riding in old classic cars with her husband and daughter.

Symposium Sessions and Speakers

The 2020 One Health One Planet symposium will focus on the topic of air quality. Pittsburgh’s air quality ranks in the dirtiest 8 percent of U.S. cities, contributing to higher rates of heart and lung disease and other serious health issues. 

The four sessions of the symposium will seek to explore the following topics related to air quality:

Climate Change and Air Quality – Second Keynote

  • Neil Donahue, Ph.D. – Thomas Lord Professor; Director of Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy

Session 1: Outdoor Air Quality and Health

  • Myron Aronowitt – State Director for Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action
  • Sally Wenzel, M.D. – Professor of Medicine; Chair, Department of Occcupational and Environmental Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Matt Mehalik, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Breathe Project

Session 2: Environmental Racism

  • Jamil Bey, Ph.D. – President and CEO, UrbanKind Institute
  • Camila Rivera-Tinsley – Director of Education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D. – Research Director at the Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Session 3: Indoor Air Quality and Health

  • Nsedu Witherspoon, MPH – Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network
  • Linda Wigington – ROCIS Team Leader, ROCIS Pittsburgh
  • Meghan Scanlon, WELL AP – Wellness and Sustainability Specailist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Debra J. Romberger, M.D. – Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Session 4: Fracking, the Cracker Plant and Policy

  • John Stolz, Ph.D.– Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Environmental Microbiology Professor, Duquesne University
  • Jim Fabisiak, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Director of the Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Retired Pediatric Physician, Pediatric Alliance; member, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health; board member Physicians for Social Responsibility

Lightning Talks

This year's symposium will also feature five-minute lightning talks by local Pittsburgh leaders in air quality improvement, including:

CREATE Lab — The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab
GASP— Group Against Smog and Pollution
Grounded Strategies
Phipps Conservatory High School Interns
PennFuture — Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
Students from Carnegie Mellon University's Masters of Urban Design course
Women for a Healthy Environment

Speaker Bios and Abstracts



Questions? Contact Dr. Sarah States at sstates@phipps.conservatory.org


About One Health One Planet™

We are seeing unprecedented changes in the earth’s environmental and physical processes. Climate change, air pollution, reduced availability of clean water, and persistent toxic chemicals threaten human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.

To build a shared interdisciplinary vision of “health” and serve as a catalyst for positive change, Phipps Conservatory brings together leaders to explore global and local environmental issues and their effects on human, animal and environmental health through the One Health Initiativea movement that forges collaborations among physicians, veterinarians, environmental and health sciences, and environmentally-related disciplines, promoting strategies to expand interdisciplinary understanding and communication in all aspects of healthcare for humans, animals and the environment.

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One Health One Planet™ 2019 Symposium Highlights

On March 13 – 14, 2019 the third-annual One Health One Planet symposium united thought leaders across disciplines to discuss The Future of Food, sharing groundbreaking new insights on the human, animal and ecological impacts of food and diet, including large-scale agriculture, plant-based diets and diet trends, antibiotics and pesticides in foods and more.

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One Health One Planet™ 2018 Symposium Highlights

On March 7 – 8, 2018 the second-annual One Health One Planet symposium united thought leaders across disciplines to discuss Chemicals of Concern in the Environment, from routes of exposure and potential impacts to actions that the public can take to minimize risk with thought leaders from Université de Montréal, Carnegie Mellon University, Environmental Working Group, Environmental Health Sciences and elsewhere.

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One Health One Planet™ 2017 Symposium Highlights

The 2017 One Health, One Planet™ Symposium connected hundreds of attendees with thought leaders from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Women for a Healthy Environment and numerous other prestigious universities and institutions for talks on epidemics, epigenetics, community health, zoological medicine and more.

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The Story of One Health One Planet™

Watch our series of videos for an introduction and summary of the One Health One Planet™ movement.

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The Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement acknowledges the connection between human and environmental health. The institute studies the built and natural environments and their intersection with human health and wellness.

Questions? Contact Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas at mwheeler-dubas@phipps.conservatory.org.

Sponsored in Part by

The Heinz Endowments

UPMC Health Plan

An Anonymous Family Foundation

Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Presented in Partnership with

International Living Future Institute

The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University

Sustainable Pittsburgh

National Aviary