The link between health and sustainability is so apparent to me that I forget that many people, even those with expertise in the fields of planning and sustainability, do not always understand the many ways in which human health is affected by the shape, form, design and function of the communities in which people live. But just as importantly, I forget that many professionals and decision-makers within the municipal sector do not understand the important role that public health professionals can and do play in their communities.

Collectively, these health units have worked with their municipal colleagues to: assess alternative fuels and retrofits for their corporate fleets; develop idling control policies for their corporate operations and communities; reduce pesticide use on municipal and private property; establish heat alert and response programs for their communities; promote reductions in energy use at home and on the road; and demonstrate the health benefits associated with public transit and active transportation.

Adopted From:  Public Health & Land Use Planning.

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