You know a movement has become mainstream when government agencies support it. The EPA is now working fervently to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. They have created a new online portal to help communities improve environmental quality and public health. This portal includes climate adaptation training for local officials, federal resources for sustainable communities, climate ready water utilities, and more. There are a growing number of resources available for public health professionals to access regarding climate change's impact on communities. Of course, Climate for Health also provides guidance, support, tools and resources for public health professionals to engage in climate solutions. Join us.
May 11, 2015
WASHINGTON – As part of a commitment to making a visible difference in communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new website to help local officials and community members find information for improving the environment, public health and quality of life. Developed with input from local, state and federal partners, the Community Resources website provides access to resources that span the range of local concerns – from environmental regulatory compliance to economic revitalization to public health and environmental justice.
“As a former local official, I know firsthand the challenges communities face in juggling responsibilities and navigating multiple information sources,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “That’s why I’m pretty excited about this new resource. It’s just one of many ways EPA is looking to support local officials and community members who are working every day to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.”
The Community Resources website leverages information from three existing community-oriented resources:
- The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network, managed in partnership with the International City / County Management Association, provides information on environmental compliance and stewardship.
- The National Resource Network, established by HUD as part of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, offers practical solutions to help communities pursue economic development and growth.
- The EPA Community Health site can help users learn about and improve local environmental health conditions.
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