San Mateo County’s Healthy Nail Salon Program Coordinator, Kathryn Cooke, ventured to Boston in November to accept the 2016 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership given by Harvard University on behalf of the County.
The program is a partnership between nail salons, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Asian Health Services, and the counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, and the City of Santa Monica. The purpose of the program is to improve ventilation and protect nail salon workers and customers from hazardous chemicals found in nail products.
San Mateo County’s Program was championed by Supervisor Don Horsley and was launched in 2013. There are 15 certified salons located throughout the County and the Program plans to expand the number of certified salons to 20 by the end of 2017.
The Harvard Roy Award was established to honor projects that exhibit commendable partnerships between public and private entities focused on creative approaches to environmental issues.