Take Action: In Your City
Healthy Babies Bright Futures’ Bright Cities program offers concrete solutions — including funding and one-on-one support — to help city staff actualize their ideas to reduce neurotoxic exposures.
By focusing on the youngest and most vulnerable residents, cities can improve health for all their residents.
Diverse cities of all sizes from 22 states have already participated in the Bright Cities program and saw measurable results, both in the number of residents helped and in the positive reaction from the public.
Bright Cities Projects
The 5 Types of Bright Cities Projects
Bright Cities build healthier public housing and spaces through…
- Toxic-free childcare training and nap mat exchanges
- Reducing lead exposures through public education campaigns and remediation projects
Bright Cities build a healthier climate by…
- Planting of trees or vegetative barriers to reduce pollutants
- Transitioning park management strategies to chemical-free methods
- Other green infrastructure projects
Bright Cities reduce residents’ exposures to lead through…
- Coupling lead abatement programs with other high-priority city initiatives like energy efficiency and mold remediation programs
- “Train the trainer” programs about how to implement lead reduction strategies directed towards childcare providers and other local institutions
- Strengthening existing communications channels for local institutions
Bright Cities ensure access to healthy food by…
- Using municipal land for organic produce cultivation
- Increasing availability of local and organic produce
- Working collaboratively with residents in low access food areas to develop solutions to lack of healthy food access.
Bright Cities build sustainable processes through…
- Enacting environmentally preferable purchasing policies that ensure products purchased are free of neurotoxic chemicals
- Incorporating neurotoxic reductions into existing resilience planning
We design, implement, and sustain programs using a three-phase process:
Select and Recruit Bright Cities
Hands-On Technical Assistance
Engagement and Dissemination
Bright Cities Webinar Series
How to Integrate Equitable Toxics Reduction Into Existing Planning
These three webinars are designed to offer strategies that make it easier for cities to embed equitable toxics reduction actions into their existing sustainability, resilience, and/or climate planning.
- Fostering Equitable, Sustainable Change Amidst A Devastating Pandemic
- The Two for One Opportunity
- The Nuts & Bolts of Using Resilience Planning to Ensure Healthier Futures
Bright Cities Webinar Series
Leveraging Federal Funds + Successful Models for Lead Remediation
These four conversations will help cities finance and replicate successful lead remediation strategies in a way that protects worker and resident health.
- How to Use Federal Funds for LSLR & Home Lead Remediation
- City Strategies to Turn Good Intentions into Miles of Lead-Free Water
- How to Couple Lead Remediation with Energy Efficiency Programs
- Everyoneʼs Health Matters: LSLR That Protects Workers and Residents