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The California Dept. of Public Health has released Climate Action for Health: Integrating Public Health into Climate Action Planning for local government and health planners. The Guide provides an overview of climate change as an important health issue and presents ideas for integrating key public health issues into GHG emission reduction strategies as they are addressed in the Climate Action Plan under headings like Transportation, Land Use, Urban Greening, Food and Agriculture, Residential Energy Use, and Community Engagement. Many strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions can also improve the health of a community. This educational resource was developed with the input of state and local climate planners and public health practitioners and provides examples of health-related language from communities around the state, and contains resources and references that will be helpful in local planning and implementation work.
This document is intended for people from varied agencies such as planning, public works, city manager or mayor’s offices, sustainability offices, public health and community groups that are working together to develop a Climate Action Plan. Some of the strategies and recommendations outlined here may apply more readily to urban and suburban areas. Planning teams in rural areas may need to make adjustments or develop alternate strategies for integrating health into climate action planning.
For additional information contact: Kathy Dervin, MPH, Ca. Dept of Public Health at Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Local jurisdictions will find this guide useful when working across sectors while implementing Health in All Policies (HiAP) in their jurisdictions.