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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Meet Bright City Jackson, Mississippi

Meet Bright City Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson sits on the west bank of the Pearl River, and is replete with magnolias, wisterias and delectable Southern cuisine. Walking downtown affords a view of Mississippi’s “new” Capital building (circa 1903). Over 4,700 decorative bulbs were installed throughout the Beaux-Arts style building, and all lights are illuminated at the start of each legislative session. A few blocks away is Jackson’s Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, where the state’s  legacy in the Civil Rights Movement can be explored.
Meet Bright City Tempe, Arizona

Meet Bright City Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Butte, also known as “A” Mountain, overlooks the bustling streets of Tempe and the home of Arizona State University. Tempe Town Lake lies within the heart of Tempe and provides unparalleled opportunities for water recreation in a dense metro area. Construction is underway for the first modern streetcar line in the Valley stretching through downtown Tempe, with 14 stops each featuring original artwork. Tempe’s streetcar is designed to connect riders to regional destinations and neighborhoods while supporting Tempe’s green transportation goals.
Case Study: How Being a Bright City Can Lead to  Even More Wins for Your Community

Case Study: How Being a Bright City Can Lead to Healthier Kids in Your Community

Anchorage recently trained childcare providers on what to look for in household products to avoid harmful ingredients. The training focused on children’s nap mats. City employees collected mats potentially containing chemical flame retardants and exchanged them for healthier alternatives. The toxics training and nap mat change-out were developed in collaboration with Bright Cities.