At first glance, the headline above may seem puzzling. What do hospitals have to do with climate change? Let me explain.
California’s Central Valley contains six of the 10 most polluted cities, according the American Lung Association. Sadly, Orlando (pictured above) is just one of the many residents of the Valley who suffers from asthma that is largely caused or worsened by the poor air quality. Orlando uses a nebulizer, a device that administers medication in the form of a mist, to treat his asthma during school recesses. In the Fresno Unified School District, almost one in five students have asthma.
In response to this epidemic, Kaiser Permanente donated $20,000 to help the school district buy more nebulizer tubes to treat students. We applaud Kaiser’s leadership on this, but it’s only a start. More not-for-profit hospitals need to act similarly, and most importantly, they need to go beyond short-term assistance and target the root causes of poor air quality in the Central Valley, from car emissions to fuel industry polluters. If Orlando had clean air to breathe, he wouldn’t need that nebulizer so often.
The Governor’s budget includes a $16.2 billion plan for the state’s transportation needs, with $3.2 billion in proposed new revenue. Unfortunately, the Governor’s transportation plan is business as usual, at the expense of public health and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The $3.2 billion in proposed new funding replicates the Governor’s plan introduced in August last year during the transportation special session. The majority of those funds will go towards repaving roads and expanding trade corridors, doing little to expand active transportation and advance transportation mode shift. Details of the proposal include:
This post originally appeared on TransForm's blog, TransForum.
Across the state, a dozen different agencies are doling out millions of cap-and-trade dollars to hundreds of communities. But who’s counting?
Last week, we launched ClimateBenefitsCA.org, a new website that lets you see what projects California’s cap-and-trade program is funding, and how these investments are making our state’s communities more sustainable, healthy, and fair.
Climate Benefits for California is a searchable online map that shows how California’s climate program is improving people’s lives. You can use the map to see what projects are funded; filter them by geography, program, or year; and add up the benefits.
With the help of the data wizards at GreenInfo Network and a team of collaborators, we’ve collected the grant information released by multiple state agencies and transformed it into a one-stop shop. Here you can find, view, and assess the impacts of investments funded through the California Climate Investments Program (CCIP, formerly the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund or GGRF).
The map also tells the stories of the people and communities who are turning these investments into solutions to our state’s most pressing environmental, social, and economic issues.
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One of the primary social and environmental determinants of health that we focus on at CPEHN is access to healthy transportation options. From our health to our environment to the earth’s climate, how we get around has a tremendous impact on our daily lives. At CPEHN, we often work with our partners to promote the concept of complete streets, which are safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.
Each year, our partners at TransForm put on an excellent event in Sacramento, the California Transportation Choices Summit. The 2015 event, ”A Year of Action,” will be held on April 27th in Sacramento. The next day is an advocacy day, which will allow attendees the opportunity to meet with policymakers and their staff and represent their communities’ transportation needs. Here’s a summary from their website of what to expect at this year’s event:
“The Summit and Advocacy Day brings together advocates and leaders from across the state from every issue area: public health, bicycle and pedestrian, social justice, affordable housing, disability rights, labor, transit and more. At the daylong Summit, legislative leaders and expert panels present on a range of topics, plus attendees break into groups based on geography and issue areas to discuss strategy.”