The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in partnership with ecoAmerica, Climate for Health (https://ecoamer ica.org/health/), is developing resources for NEHA members to address climate change impacts. Some of those resources include a video that features NEHA member climate change success stories and a Climate Change and Emergency Preparedness and Response White Paper that addresses how emergency preparedness and response are directly related to climate change.
Climate Change Success Story Video
The climate change success story video showcases NEHA members addressing climate change impacts from Cambridge, Massachusetts; Franklin County, Ohio; and Salt Lake County, Utah. Environmental health professionals and members of NEHAs Climate Change Committee share their inspiring stories that address strategies for adaptation, mitigation at the community level, and strong coalitions and collaborations. To view the video, please visit www.neha.org/node/60356.
The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, released a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment (CCVA) in 2015 and it was determined that the climate of the past is no longer a reliable indicator of the future. The CCVA endeavored to model what would happen to city residents and the built environment when there was an increase in temperature, precipitation, sea-level rise, and coastal storm surge, as well as the implications these increases would have on economics, health, and well-being. The assessment identified Cambridge's key physical and social vulnerabilities based on the assumption that no actions are taken and modeled risks were varied by neighborhood and demographic factors.
The city ranked vulnerability factors and critical assets that led to prioritizing two main neighborhoods to develop climate change preparedness and resilience plans (CCPR). The goal of a CCPR plan is to provide a realistic set of actions and strategies in both the short- and long-term that could be implemented in partnership with the city, its residents, and partner organizations and businesses. The CCPR plan is divided into sections that address social and physical vulnerabilities, including health status, buildings and infrastructure, and the natural ecosystem. Cambridge focused on novel community engagement strategies aimed at building neighborhood social capital, enhancing social connections before an emergency exists, and increasing resident self-determination and...