When schools are built on toxic land, students will fall behind. When people in rural, low income communities get sick they typically go to the emergency room, driving up health care costs. Many think that we cannot focus on environmental issues and improve our economy, when in hindsight it is the opposite. We must focus on environmental issues to improve the economy. When we focus on prevention and protecting children and communities we decrease health care costs, thus improving the economy. According to the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families health report researchers estimated that the annual cost of environmentally attributed diseases in American children was $76.6 billion per year, or 3.5% of U.S. health care costs in 2008. To read the entire health report from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families CLICK HERE.