120Water’s podcast, Confluence, brings you stories about the intersection between public health, water science and technology.
In our second episode, we speak with Ken Stark from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Metro Nashville Public Schools has been proactively looking for and removing lead sources in its plumbing system since 2016. Over the past four years, Ken and his team have given a lot of thought to how to communicate about lead risks with their community.
Listen to the episode to learn about the process for distilling helpful information to key stakeholders quickly and transparently.
Erica Walker is the director of environmental policy & programs at 120Water. She joined 120Water in late 2018 from the Indiana Finance Authority, where she managed a statewide drinking water lead sampling program for public schools. She also has worked for the Water Quality Research Program for the City of Bloomington, Ind. and in the Air, Pesticides, Toxins Management Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency. She holds master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Ken Stark oversees information technology, security, data quality, nutrition services, transportation, central services, and boundary planning for Metro Nashville Public Schools, where he’s worked since October of 2016. The MNPS has 138 district schools and about 70,000 students, with an additional 30 charter schools holding 15-16,000 students.