Princeton Strong news -Princeton, NJ: Princeton Board of Health reports 7.19.2019

PRINCETON BOARD OF HEALTH

RESOLUTION OF THE PRINCETON BOARD OF HEALTH SUPPORTING THE
ADOPTION OF THE DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN BY PRINCETON

COUNCIL

WHEREAS, Sustainable Princeton has drafted a climate action plan for the municipality
outlining Princeton’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to our planet’s
warming; and
WHEREAS, the Climate Action Plan continues the critical process of considering Health in All
Policies by outlining processes to protect the health of all who live and/or work in Princeton
during extreme weather events; and
WHEREAS, recognizing climate change is contributing to extreme temperatures, extreme weather
events like flooding, reduced outdoor air quality, tick-borne infections and worse mental health and
well-being. These effects pose direct and indirect threats to human health, and the elderly, children,
the poor, and the chronically ill are particularly vulnerable.
WHEREAS, the Princeton Board of Health has a statutory responsibility to prevent, promote
and protect the health of the public and the environment.
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED by the Princeton Board of Health that the Board fully supports the
adoption of the draft Princeton Climate Action Plan by Princeton Mayor and Council and makes the
following recommendation that we would be protective of the public’s health, safety and the health
of our environment.
Adopted July 16, 2019
Dr. George DiFerdinando, Chair – Princeton Board of Health
JoAnn Hill, Vice Chair


July 16, 2019
To: Princeton Council Members
From: Princeton BOARD OF HEALTH
Re: Climate Action Plan

The members of the Princeton Board of Health (BOH) endorse the draft Climate Action Plan
(CAP), and encourage members of the Princeton Council to adopt it.
As outlined in recent position papers by the American Public Health Association and the American
College of Physicians, climate change is bad for us and our community in a number of ways. In the
Northeast, climate change is contributing to extreme temperatures, extreme weather events like
flooding, reduced outdoor air quality, tick-borne infections and worse mental health and well-being.
These effects pose direct and indirect threats to human health, and the elderly, children, the poor,
and the chronically ill are particularly vulnerable.
The CAP will provide a path for Princeton to do its part to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that
contribute to our planet’s warming, while increasing our community’s resiliency. The CAP also
continues the critical process of considering Health in All Policies by outlining processes to protect
the health of all who live and/or work in Princeton during extreme weather events, encouraging
community-wide awareness and action to adapt to the impact of climate change on health while
other efforts are on-going to mitigate the underlying causes of these changes
The BOH is committed to working with the Mayor, Council, town staff and the community to
implement the plan. We commend Sustainable Princeton and all the citizen volunteers who have
worked over the past year to create the CAP, and look forward to starting the implementation
process.
George T DiFerdinando Jr, MD, MPH, Chair
JoAnn Hill, BSN, RN, Vice Chair