Protecting communities from neurotoxic chemicals.
Designed by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, the Bright Cities program works with local governments to reduce their community’s exposures to "brain drain" chemicals. Neurotoxic chemicals are interfering with the ability of our children to learn and thrive. The Bright Cities program is designed to lower the levels of these chemicals in air, water, food, soil and the products we use every day. In time, lower exposures will result in babies with a lower incidence of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, behavior problems and low birth weight.
What Does It mean to be a bright city?
Your city makes improvements in the areas right for your community:
How It Works
Get started as a Beacon City and work with Healthy Babies Bright Futures to transform into a Bright City.
Healthy Babies Bright Futures works with Beacon Cities to assess their particular community’s needs and risks. Together, we then engage the public to develop the most effective strategies to lower exposures. Beacon Cities transform into a Bright City as they implement the strategies designed to protect their residents. Cost-effective and meaningful improvements will come through public policy and programs, advocacy, and public engagement. By strengthening a community in the target improvement areas, we reduce women and children’s exposure to dangerous neurotoxic chemicals that cause developmental delays in our nation’s children. The Bright Cities program aims to protect the long term health of this and future generations.
Keep up with what's happening at Bright 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. You […]Read More
Implementing a Pesticide-Free Campaign 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 […]Read More
Are you a member of a local government interested in making your city brighter?
How We Can Help Your City
Participating local governments collaborate with HBBF to develop and implement a Bright Cities action plan that is unique to each community. Our years of experience in local government and the public health sector, coupled with our allied network of partner organizations, will ensure a plan that fits the needs of your residents. Bright Cities can offer assistance in the areas of strategic planning, public policy and programs, data collection and performance measures, connecting with the media, and finding the partners needed to help your community successfully address these challenges.