Environmental Health Nurses


June 1, 2021 @ 6:00 Register

November 2, 2021

Webinars (Topics TBD)

June 10, 2021 @11:30

Environmental Health

There is growing consensus among the medical and scientific communities that protecting young children from toxic chemicals is an URGENT public health issue. For example, over the last 30 years, there has been:

  • A 20% rise in children’s brain cancer and leukemia since the 1970’s,
  • A rise in adult cancers – breast, testicular and prostate among them
  • A dramatic rise in learning and behavioral disorders including a ten-fold increase in autism spectrum disorder over the last 15 years and ADHD affecting over 2 million children in the U.S.
  • A rise in reproductive orders with 40% more women experiencing difficulty conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy in 2002 than they did in 1982.
  • Significant rises in asthma, insulin-resistance and diabetes

    Yale Center on Climate Change and Health

    Natural Gas Policy and Public Health in Connecticut:
    A Yale Center on Climate Change and Health Issue Brief

    Click Here to read the Brief: 
    Natural Gas Policy and Public Health in Connecticut: A Yale Center on Climate Change and Health Issue Brief.

    Natural gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change; in 2018, over 40% of Connecticut’s total energy-related climate warming emissions were attributable to natural gas. Throughout its life cycle, natural gas causes adverse health effects by contributing to climate impacts, including heat waves, extreme weather events, shifting ecosystems, and reduced agricultural productivity. Additionally, toxic pollutants are released into the environment throughout the natural gas life cycle, leading to adverse health effects such as premature mortality, increased cancer risk, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular effects.

    In spite of Connecticut’s greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at tackling climate change, statewide consumption of natural gas has increased in recent years, in part due to policies specifically designed to encourage the expansion of natural gas use, to the detriment of clean energy alternatives. 

    Given the negative public health impacts of natural gas and the statewide emissions reduction requirements, public policy in Connecticut should drive the elimination of natural gas use as quickly as possible. The same communities that are hit first and worst by climate-exacerbated events – low-income households and communities of color – also experience disproportionate exposure to pollution from the fossil fuel system. Therefore, environmental justice must be a top priority of Connecticut’s energy policy changes, to ensure health equity and equal access to clean alternatives to fossil fuels. We recommend the following actions to achieve these goals: 

    • Under the next Conservation and Load Management Plan, expand equitable incentives and funding for building retrofits to achieve electrification of end uses
    • Establish a sunset date for natural gas hookups in new construction
    • Eliminate the utility rate mechanisms that support the natural gas expansion program, and end the program by the end of its 10-year period, if not sooner
    • Advocate for the reform of ISO-New England’s administration of wholesale electricity markets to enable grid-scale procurement of clean energy resources
    • Enact a statute requiring 100% zero carbon electric supply and generation by 2035
    • Enact a statute banning the construction of new fossil fuel electric power plants, including natural gas power plants
    We invite you to read the issue brief to learn more about the connection between natural gas consumption, climate change, and health in Connecticut and what policies can be enacted to address this important issue. Natural Gas Policy and Public Health in Connecticut: A Yale Center on Climate Change and Health Issue Brief is available on the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (YCCCH) website. 

    Respiratory Health


    Impact on Respiratory Health


    Wildfires on the Rise

    With extreme weather and wildfires under way in many parts of the country, we wanted to share our resources for protecting lung health during wildfires and other extreme weather events. These resources are designed to help you help your patients and communities learn more about the impacts of wildfires and climate change and how they can protect themselves.

    Watch webinar: Protecting Lung Health During Wildfires

    Health Risks of Climate Change: Resources for People with Lung Disease

    Drought, wildfires, heat, flooding, pollution – the effects of climate change already create serious threats to lung health. Two fact sheets tell you what you need to KNOW and what you need to DO.

    What You Should Know -- Ways Climate Change Affects Lung Health | En Español

    What You Can Do -- How People Can Protect Themselves | En Español

    Watch webinar: What Public Health Professionals Should Know and Communicate About Climate Change and Respiratory Health