What Is a Bright City?

A Bright City works to lessen the harm of neurotoxic chemicals in ways that are tailored for each community.

Example actions include restricting the use of toxic pesticides on lawns, parks and pets, implementing integrated pest management in public buildings and housing, replacing lead painted windows or requiring training for landlords about lead abatement.

Example actions may include increasing screening of blood lead levels in pregnant women and infants or bolstering policies to reduce exposures to mercury and PCBs in locally caught fish and shellfish.

Example actions include reducing emissions through no-idle policies, requiring diesel engine retrofits in high traffic areas or reducing emissions from wood stoves, including the requirement of EPA certified models.

Example actions include reducing lead, arsenic and perchlorate levels in drinking water or replacing lead service lines in water distribution systems.

Example actions include avoiding the purchase of products containing mercury, flame retardants, pesticides, phthalates, lead and arsenic; and setting performance measures to track reductions in exposures to these chemicals.

Example actions include helping child care facilities avoiding purchasing products containing mercury, flame retardants, pesticides, phthalates, lead and arsenic; and setting performance measures to track reductions in exposures to these chemicals.

Example actions include testing soil in community gardens and playgrounds and remediating as needed; promoting breastfeeding; and increasing access to food grown without harmful pesticides.

Example actions include conducting city-wide audits to identify sources of neurotoxic chemical exposure and hot spots along with improving communications to at-risk populations.

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Calling All Cities!

What do Minneapolis, Dearborn, Salt Lake City and Seattle all have in common? They’ve each committed to working with Healthy Babies Bright Futures on actions to minimize exposures to dangerous chemicals for their youngest and most vulnerable residents through our Bright Cities program. And we’re recruiting for our second cohort of Bright Cities now.
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Bright Cities Spotlight on Salt Lake City, UT

For the past year, SLCgreen (the Sustainability Department of Salt Lake City, UT) has been pleased to partner with the Bright Cities program as part of Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) to determine how we can reduce or eliminate children’s exposures to neurotoxic chemicals when they’re at the most vulnerable stage of their development.
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Why Parents Should Vote Local on Election Day

In most major cities, less than 15% of voters turn out to vote in mayoral elections. Unless we vote, how can we ensure our local officials support policies that protect our babies?