Environment Erie


Jr. PLEWA is proof that teens have power!

2010-2011 Project

2011 Jr. PLEWA

Meeting with Representative Pat Harkins

JrPLEWA has chosen Pharmaceuticals as the topic to investigate for their Earth Action Project, and they are currently in the researching/planning stage. Their ultimate goal is to influence state legislation.

They are interviewing people in the community to determine what they do with their unused pharmaceuticals as well as local pharmacists. As well, they have put together a short, six question survey to gather information from the general public.

Click here to take the survey

They are in contact with State legislators, particularly John Hornaman and Pat Harkins, to get information about the current legislation and the probability of introducing a new bill in the 2011 Session. They have set up a face to face meetings with the legislators in early January and will be going to Harrisburg in the Spring to sit in on a legislative session and meet with legislators. They are also looking for a forum in the Harrisburg/State College area to "get the word out" about pharmaceuticals.

Their research has included investigating take-back programs in Canada and other countries. They have also read documentations of the impacts of pharmaceuticals on fish and other aquatic organisms and they are gathering information on the impacts flushing pills and discarding pills with everyday trash.

Their meetings are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 1 to 3pm. Lauren Pierson, a sophomore at Collegiate Academy, is the chair of the group and the spokesperson for the group.

Q. How often does Jr. PLEWA meet?

A. We meet one Sunday of every month from 1-3pm, at TREC (Tom Ridge Environmental Center) across from Waldemeer.

Q. Who is in charge of Jr. PLEWA?

A. We have a facilitator, but WE are the ones who come up with the projects, run the meetings and carry out our ideas.

Q. What schools do you currently represent?

A. We currently have members from Collegiate Academy, Northwestern High School, Villa Maria Academy, and Fort LeBoeuf.

Past projects

  • 2010-2011 Personal Pharmaceutical Care Products (PPCPs)
  • 2009-2010 Rain barrels
  • 2007-2009 rain garden
  • 2008 anti-bottled water campaign
  • 2003-2007 anti-cigarette butt campaign