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The HCS team hopes that you are staying safe and healthy in these times. We know that COVID-19 has already been devastating for some in our communities and is overwhelming for all. If this finds you on the frontlines of protecting public health, know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and considering your well-being in our actions. You have our deepest gratitude. 
 The focus of this newsletter will continue to be about what's working in and for communities, despite the compounding challenges created by the virus. As always, we welcome suggestions for articles or resources to include.

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

(Environmental) Justice for All 

The Philadelphia Citizen

North Philly’s Serenity Soular is training workers and installing solar panels in communities hardest hit by climate change. The company employs North Philadelphia residents and ensures the transition to clean energy is affordable for its communities. 

Environmental, Public Health Workers Push 2020 Census to Prepare for Future Crises


The census can be crucial in securing funding for environmental projects, protections, and resources during environmental and public health crises. 

Concrete Solutions That Lower Both Emissions and Air Pollution

Environmental News Network

A study out today in the journal Nature Climate Change compared several GHG-reduction strategies to determine which are most likely to lower both global emissions and local air pollution related to concrete production. They found that a variety of available methods could, together, reduce climate and health damage costs by 44 percent.

Democrats Want to Include Climate Action in Coronavirus Aid

E&E News

The two main proposals are for airlines to reduce carbon emissions and to extend clean-tech tax credits.

Raising Community Awareness on Climate Change and Health: San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

The campaign’s goal is to enable “people in San Luis Obispo County [to] view climate change as an important health issue that impacts their life and take actions that can both help reduce the risks of climate change and improve health.”

One Climate Scientist’s Lessons for Confronting Coronavirus


“Climate change is really taking direct aim at historically marginalized residents and that’s what's going on with coronavirus as well,” says Cobb. ”It’s really going to leave those people out in the cold.”

Climate Change is Harming Our Health

Climate Change Will Increase Frequency And Intensity Of Diseases Like Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19


Sustainability Contributor, Karen Weigert, and Elena Grossman from BRACE-Illinois, discuss climate change as a “threat multiplier” that in the future will increase the frequency and intensity of diseases, like Novel Coronavirus. 

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

It’s Time to Sound the Alarm for Communities Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

U.S. News

The spread of COVID-19 inordinately threatens communities that have suffered from environmental injustice and racial bias. People in communities that have been impacted by pollution for decades are also in danger, because they face an elevated risk of underlying conditions that increase vulnerability to the coronavirus.

From Our Blog

Our latest blog post on community-resilience may be more relevant now than ever. The Rhode Island Department of Health is using a community-led, collaborative process - what they call "Health Equity Zones" - to channel public support to neighborhoods most in need.

Resource of the week

Switching it up this week with a more universally relevant resource: How to help your community during a pandemic. This article is full of practical tips and steps on plugging-in to larger efforts and supporting those directly around you. 


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