Monday, March 19, 2012

Keep SCAG SCS Plan on Healthy Track - March 21 meeting

Dear Southern California Health Advocates,

On Wednesday, March 21, SCAG Regional Council members will vote on final revisions to the Sustainable Communities Strategy. Your support has been instrumental in increasing focus on active transportation, and on reducing emissions from freight transport. But we need your help to ensure that the strongest possible plan is adopted on Wednesday that provides the greatest public health protections. (Please see our outreach flyer below.)

Here are four ways you can help before the meeting:

·         Respond to our action alert and share with your networks

·         Call Regional Council members to urge them to adopt a strong regional plan

·         Attend the SCAG meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at noon, SCAG office, 818 W 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

·         Share our flier below with your networks


If you can help on these efforts, please let me know. We are very close to achieving our goals for a healthier SCS!

Thank you very much for your support in creating a healthier future for southern California.

Jenny Bard

Advocacy Manager

American Lung Association in California


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Attend SCAG meeting to speak out for strong Sustainable Communities Strategy

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Southern California Association of Governments

818 W Seventh Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

On Wednesday, March 21, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council will vote on  its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), a blueprint for how the region will grow over the next 25 years. The SCAG SCS is a good first step, but the plan must do more to reduce unhealthy vehicle emissions while promoting healthier, more active neighborhoods with reduced rates of chronic illnesses and premature death. We need your voice to encourage decision makers to be Healthy Growth Leaders and support greater walking, cycling and transit  to reduce air pollution and improve public health for everyone.


Please join the American Lung Association in California and health leaders from across the region on March 21 to advocate for a strong Sustainable Communities Strategy that will  promote healthier communities in the Inland Empire and throughout southern California.


Healthy Growth = Healthy Communities!

Elected officials can support healthier communities by:

Ø  Increasing investment in active transportation options to $12 billion to promote walking, biking and transit and move these investments earlier in the plan.

Ø  Increasing investments in cleaning up freight transportation and target investment in zero emission freight technologies to cut our reliance on dirty diesel.

Ø  Incorporating new tools developed by the California Department of Public Health to evaluate the benefits of more compact, transit oriented communities on the health of local residents.

Ø  Expanding the measurement of health and equity outcomes within the SCS to ensure that we track and improve health as much possible as our region grows.

For more information, please email Jenny Bard of the American Lung Association in California:


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