Welcome to the Website of
The Sebastopol Toxics Education Program (STEP)
and The Next STEP newsletter

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The Next STEP newsletter provides empowering information about how to avoid everyday toxics and choose healthier alternatives. It's your friendly guide to less-toxic, earth-healthy living!

Produced by citizen volunteers, this newsletter implements the Sebastopol Toxics Education Program (STEP), an innovative City program to reduce toxic use and exposure in Sebastopol, thus creating a healthier and safer town for everyone.

This newsletter is sent bi-monthly to all City residents in their water bills. It's also available online, and you can sign up to receive email alerts when new issues are posted.

I hope you find this information interesting and useful!

We appreciate as always for the community's support of this project for a healthier world.
You truly do make this project possible!

Ways that you can connect with The Next STEP newsletter online

  VIEW OUR RECENT ISSUE LIST. See descriptions and links to our most recent issues.

  ACCESS OUR HANDY ONLINE TOPIC INDEX. Look up your questions about specific everyday toxics and alternatives. Or just browse to see what's available!

  SIGNUP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST. It's very low-volume (about an email a month) and your information is kept confidential.

  DO OUR QUICK ONLINE OUTREACH SURVEY. The survey takes only 5 minutes and is key to guiding our future choices and actions.

  LEARN MORE ABOUT STEP. Learn about our project. Additional information is on our STEP History and Design page.

Links to the most recent issues are also listed on the City of Sebastopol website at www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us/Connect-With-Us/Newsletters/Toxics-Education-Program-(STEP).

We welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions for future articles.

I also want to personally thank the City Council and City staff for their work in making The Next STEP possible, and Jim Gleaves for his editorial assistance with this project.

Best regards -

Patricia Dines
Writer, Editor, Public Speaker, & Graphic Artist
Editor & Graphic Designer, The Next STEP

Reader feedback

"Thank you heartily [for] your excellent two-page newsletter! I've learned so much from it that I would not have thought to research by myself. It's also a striking example of good citizenship at work!"
- Glenna Elliott

"Just wanted to say thank you for all your positive information. My husband and I are trying for our second child and I really appreciated the article regarding autism cases being higher when exposed to flea shampoos for animals. This was a great eye opener for me and I plan on using only non-toxic cleaners pre-pregnancy and forever afterwards. This type of information really does help all of us -- so again, thank you....I am so happy to be a part of such a caring community."
- A Sebastopol Resident

STEP's mission is to support Sebastopol citizens in reducing their toxic use and exposure,
creating a healthier and safer Sebastopol for everyone.

Newsletter Editor and Layout: Patricia Dines

Newsletter Editorial Team: Patricia Dines & Jim Gleaves

Newsletter Design Concept and Logo Design: Lyn Bouguereau

STEP Founders: Michael Black, Patricia Dines, Rebecca Dwan, Jeff Edelheit, Nan Fuchs, Craig Litwin, and Larry Robinson.

STEP, P. O. Box 1776, Sebastopol CA 95473

WEB: www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us

Information courtesy of:
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"Information Empowering Action for a Better World"

This page is on the Community Action Publications (CAP) website because we participate in and support the STEP program and want to make additional information available about its activities.

For more information about these and related topics, as well as our community work, see www.healthyworld.org.

This entire website is (c) Community Action Publications, 1998-2018. All rights reserved.
Page last updated 9/29/2018.