Thank You for Supporting the 2014 ETBT
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our 2014 Emigrant Trails Bike Trek! Earlier this month, hundreds of cyclists and volunteers gathered for three days of cycling and two nights of camping in South Lake Tahoe in support of clean air and healthy lungs for our 28-county Northern California region.
We want to offer an extra special thank you to the incredible sponsors that make this event possible, including our Platinum Level Sponsors Regional Transit and Capital Public Radio. Please click here to visit our complete list of 2014 sponsors!
New Smoking Policy at Sacramento City College
Change is in the Air at SacramentoCity College (SCC) due to new healthier smoking requirements. BREATHE's project, STAND, conducted an extensive survey of students' and employees' opinions about smoking on campus and feedback from SCC's participatory governance groups, resulting in a change in the current smoking policy startingfall 2014. In addition to the current Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) policy of no smoking within 30 feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes, and operable windows, there will now be no smoking on campus except in Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs).
DSA's can be found at various locations throughout the campus. The changes apply to everyone on campus, including visitors and contractors. It covers all buildings and all campus property, except for parking lots and six Designated Smoking Areas. The six DSAs will be covered, and all will have ashtray receptacles to promote safe and neat disposal of cigarettes. They are away from building entrances, comply with current LRCCD requirements, and are respectful of students walking in high traffic areas on campus. The campaign to promote the Designated Smoking Areas and educate everyone on campus is called "Change is in the Air." Smokers will need to become familiar with the new smoking areas and refrain from smoking in non-designated areas. Non-smokers should remember to be courteous when reminding people who smoke to use the DSA's. Click here to read the new standard.
Designing Healthy Communities with Dr. Richard Jackson
A special engagement with Dr. Richard Jackson, chair of UCLA School of Public Health's Environmental Health Sciences Program, drew over one hundred and sixty participants to the CAL/EPA building in downtown Sacramento on August 26, 2014. The BREATHE-sponsored event shared the latest research findings on the connections between urban design, the built environment, air quality and public health, and how these issues pertain to Sacramento.
Dr. Jackson outlined emerging strategies to build a healthy, vibrant, livable Sacramento community, saying "the built environment is social policy in concrete," and we "need to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Sacramento." The event co-sponsors helped ensure an impressive turn out: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), California Air Resources Board, the Cleaner Air Partnership, WALKSacramento, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA), and Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). In case you missed it, you can watch the video of his presentation here.