Health Professionals for Clean Air
The Health Professionals for Clean Air was founded 10 years ago by the American Lung Association in California and works to advance public policy that will improve air quality and fight climate change in order to reduce the effect of air pollution on public health.
Health Professionals for Clean Air Resources
The Health Professionals for Clean Air has been a critical voice in the passage of key laws and regulations to make California a healthier place to live:
- SB 32 extends California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets to meet a 40% reduction by 2030.
- SB 1383 sets targets for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants by 2030 (black carbon 50 percent, methane 40 percent and flourinated (“F”) Gases – 40%).
- Scoping Plan – Guiding document for meeting California’s climate change goals, initially adopted in 2008 following passage of AB 32, the plan is being updated in 2017 to reflect 2030 climate goals.
- Golden State Standards 50-50-50 (SB 350) sets California on the path to 50% power from renewable energy sources and double energy efficiency in existing buildings both by 2030.
- Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275) puts 1 million clean, electric vehicles on California roads by 2023 and increase access to electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities.
- California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program (SB 1204) will accelerate the development and deployment of zero emission technologies for heavy duty trucks and buses.
- Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Act of 2013 (AB 8) provides over $2 billion in funds over the next decade to reduce diesel emissions and support clean alternative fuels and technology.
- Advanced Clean Cars standards adopted in 2012 require car companies to produce even cleaner vehicles from 2017 to 2025, including a requirement for zero emission technologies.
- Sustainable Communities Act of 2008 (SB 375) requires the California Air Resources Board to establish regional reduction targets of greenhouse gases in consultation with local agencies. The law also calls for metropolitan planning organizations to include sustainable or alternative community strategies in their regional transportation plans.
- Low Carbon Fuel Standard of 2007 requires suppliers to reduce the carbon content of fuels sold in California by 10 percent by 2020. This is the nation's first regulation to reduce the carbon content of fuels.
- The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) sets the nation's first cap on greenhouse gas emissions. AB 32 establishes a statewide target to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020 - a 25 percent reduction. This law also establishes a system to monitor progress and make sure that the emission reductions are made on schedule.
- Diesel regulations to clean up harmful and toxic emissions from dirty on-road and off-road diesel engines, vehicles and equipment including trucks, buses, and goods movement at ports.
- The Clean Cars Law (AB 1493) adopted in 2002 requires car companies to make cleaner cars with extremely low emissions of greenhouse gases for 2009 to 2016 model years.
Despite these and other efforts, more than 80 percent of Californians live in areas with unhealthy air, and over 7,000 people die each year from exposure to air pollution. Global warming also poses a serious threat to public health, as rising temperatures leads to more air pollution.
Partner organizations participating in the Health Professionals for Clean Air
Currently there are more than 600 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health professionals, and more than 100 health and medical organizations throughout California that are part of the Health Professionals for Clean Air:
American Academy of Pediatrics - California District
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American College of Physicians, California District
American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate
Asthma Coalition of Los Angeles County
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
Breast Cancer Fund
California Academy of Family Physicians
California Black Health Network
California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health
California Medical Association
California Nurses Association
California Pan Ethnic Health Network
California Public Health Association - North
California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation
California Thoracic Society
Community Action to Fight Asthma
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Fresno-Madera Medical Society
Health Officers Association of California
Health Care Without Harm
Healthy African American Families II
Hospital Council of Northern and Central California
Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Kern County Medical Society
Maternal Child Health Access
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
Merced-Mariposa County Asthma Coalition
Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
National Physicians Alliance
Public Health Institute
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
Physicians for Social Responsibility (Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Sacramento chapters)
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
San Diego Regional Asthma Coalition
San Francisco Asthma Task Force
San Francisco Medical Society
San Mateo County Medical Association
Sonoma County Asthma Coalition
Sonoma County Department of Health Services
St. John's Well Child & Family Center
White Memorial Pediatric Medical Group
For more information about the Health Professionals for Clean Air and how you can help, please contact Will Barrett at 916-585-7663 or William.Barrett@lung.org; or Jenny Bard at 707-775-6044, Jenny.Bard@lung.org
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