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H. Patricia Hynes, Contributor


H. Patricia (Pat) Hynes is a retired environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health who worked on issues of the low-income, multi-racial urban environment (including lead poisoning, asthma and the indoor environment, safe housing, community gardens and urban agriculture); environmental justice; and feminism at Boston University School of Public Health. For her writing, teaching, and applied research, she has won numerous awards, including the US EPA Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the 2003 National Delta Omega Award for Innovative Curriculum in Public Health; the US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Healthy Public Housing (2004) project and the Lead-Safe Yard Project (2000); and the 1996 National Arbor Day Foundation Book Award for A Patch of Eden, her book on community gardens in inner cities. She is the author and editor of 7 books, including The Recurring Silent Spring, Taking Population Out of the Equation, EarthRight, and, most recently, Urban Health: Readings in the Social, Built and Physical Environments of U.S. Cities.  While at Boston University, she wrote and spoke extensively on the harm of war to women. Her publication “On the Battlefield of Women’s Bodies: An Overview of the Harm of War to Women” has been widely read and cited.

She is currently publishing and speaking on the health effects of war and militarism on society and on women, in particular, and climate justice, renewable energy, and the hazards of nuclear power.  She directs the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in western Massachusetts:

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