209746 Community-based strategies for action: Reducing the carbon footprint of schools and improving the health of children

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:20 PM

M. Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, FNP-BC , Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
Many individuals and communities do not feel vulnerable to health effects from climate change. One core action strategy to reduce health impacts as a result of climate change includes highlighting co-benefits to health through adaptation and mitigation activities, for example focusing on improving air quality to reduce asthma attacks. School systems are an excellent venue for using co-benefits to enhance mitigation efforts. This presentation will discuss efforts in a large Midwestern school system to improve the environment such as air quality, to reduce respiratory ailments, and ultimately reduce its carbon footprint. Activities include Tools for Schools, anti-idling initiatives, and participation in an EPA funded Community Assessment and Renewal for the Environment (CARE) project.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe at least one key action strategy within a school system to improve environment and reduce its carbon footprint. 2. Discuss at least one resource available to support mitigation efforts in school settings.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a school health services coordinator for a large urban school district working on environmental issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.