Smart Growth principles help states and municipalities retrofit their environment in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way which will help communities mitigate and adapt to potential public health problems that will arise from climate change. Additionally, implementing smart growth principles would help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, one of the primary greenhouse gases thought to be responsible for global climate change, by creating safe and accessible walkways, bike paths, and public transportation.
The ASTHO Climate Change Collaborative (CCC) is comprised of representatives from varied disciplines and plays a role in improving the ability of state and territorial health agencies (STHAs) to prepare for, mitigate and react to the effects of climate c hange. The CCC s mission is to support and build the capacity
POSITION STATEMENT 20011 The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials supports the widespread scientific consensus that the world’s climate is changing, and that climate change has significant impact on human health. Climate change will threaten the basic life systems on which we depend: our water, food, air and shelter. Health effects related to climate change include death and illness from heat waves, injuries from extreme weather events, increased air pollution with concomitant rises in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, water shortages and an increased incidence of vector- and water-borne diseases.