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Environmental Health

Environmental Health reduces environmental risks by addressing issues related to transportation, vacant lots, open spaces, brownfields, oil drilling, air quality, and smoking.

We work through coalitions and advisory groups to improve community health by eliminating health disparities to achieve health equity. Our objectives include the following environmental priorities for low-income, under-resourced or under-served communities:

Improved regulation and mitigation of local pollution sources

Prioritization of vacant and underutilized land for the development of new green space, including parks, community gardens and local urban farms

Streetscape improvements that encourage walking, biking, and other active transportation

Health-promoting land-use standards

Creation of “Healthy Kids Zones” around targeted schools

Multi-family housing anti-smoking ordinances that don’t result in unnecessarily harmful collateral consequences.

Environmental Health supports the Coalition for an Active South LA (CASLA).

For more information on current and future projects, contact Policy Director Malcolm Carson


Oil Drilling in Los Angeles: A Story of Unequal Protections
Community Health Councils found low-income communities of color in the City of Los Angeles have fewer protections from the risks from local oil drilling operations than more affluent, whiter neighborhoods. This includes allowing drilling activities hundreds of feet closer to residences, fewer protective features like air monitoring or enclosed operations, and oil operations that have received many more regulatory violations and community complaints. (January 2015)
South LA's Guide to LA2B
Los Angeles is updating its transportation plan (aka Mobility Element) this year. Residents can vote on programs and policies to improve our streets, sidewalks, traffic, walking, bicycling, and public transit. The city prioritizes programs with the most points, and key decision-makers take your comments seriously. From over a hundred programs represented in the Mobility Element, CHC selected six priority areas that help improve the health and quality of life for our community. Read the Guide to learn more about these programs and vote before the September 30th deadline.
Mobility - Audubon Bike Program
In 2013, Community Health Councils (CHC) approached the principal of Audubon Middle School about a pilot cycling program opportunity. CHC’s REACH Project site, Audubon Middle School was selected as one of five schools across the nation to be awarded the pilot cycling program by Specialized Bicycle Components and RTSG Neuroscience Consultants.