Health Advocacy Biography

Elisa Boxer is an environmental health advocate, educator, Emmy-award winning journalist, and recognized leader in the effort to protect the health and safety of children and their families. After she and her son became ill from the outgassing of toxic chemicals used to build their new home, Elisa used her investigative journalism background to uncover the truth behind poisons in everyday consumer products.


She has testified before legislative committees on numerous issues relating to safer chemical policy, including bills to help schools adopt green cleaning practices, banning a class of particularly toxic flame retardants in favor of safer alternatives and fighting for stricter pesticide notification laws.


Elisa was recognized in 2008 with the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Environmental Award for helping to pass the Kids Safe Products Act, an ongoing law to phase out toxic chemicals from children’s products. In presenting the award, NRCM Executive Director Brownie Carson said of Elisa, “She is setting an example for people everywhere.”


Currently on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Elisa has served on several environmental health-related boards and committees, including the Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Toxics Advisory Committee and the True North Health Center’s Board of Directors.


In August 2010, Elisa testified before Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection in support of a bill that would ban bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in certain plastics, in children’s products. That same year, she became a national finalist for Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission contest, honoring the country’s top moms working to protect children from toxic chemicals.


Three years later, she was in Washington DC for the Safer Chemicals Stroller Brigade, joining coalitions from around the country to encourage members of congress to tighten the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read the Bangor Daily News article HERE.


Elisa is also the founder of the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, which secured the first-in-the-nation opt-out of controversial wireless smart meters. Here again, Elisa put her investigative journalism background to use, going up against corporate interests to uncover the truth about products scientifically linked to illness.



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