The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4128.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 12:35 PM

Abstract #74091

Healthy communities must also be sustainable communities

Trevor Hancock, MD, MHSc, BS, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, 28 Napier Street, Kleinburg, ON LOJ ICO, Canada, (905)893-2808,

Healthy communities must be both environmentally and socially sustainable, given that health depends on the quality of the built and natural environments, and that global change resulting from the industrial economy is affecting the web of life. Suburban sprawl wastes scarce resources and disproportionately places those resources in the hands of suburban dwellers. Urban areas can be made more environmentally sustainable, especially with respect to energy consumption, which will help reduce air pollution and climate change and contribute in other ways to improved health.

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Keywords: Urban Health, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA