POLICY & ADVOCACY
Housing and Schools
HOUSING POLICY PRIORITIES
The Sonoma County Asthma Coalition invites elected officials, government agencies, landlords, non-profit organizations, and tenants to join together to systematically improve the indoor air quality of rental housing in Sonoma County by by supporting the following:
1. Code Enforcement
- Move from complaint-driven to a pro-active home inspection process (such as annual inspections of multi-unit housing).
- Establish countywide standards for assessment and remediation for mold complaints.
2. Second Hand Smoke
- Implement smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing (e.g., landlords and housing agencies designate smoke free units or completely smoke free complexes).
- Enact smoke-free housing ordinances or nuisance laws giving tenants affected by secondhand smoke legal recourse.
3. Green Building
- Establish mandatory green building standards for all Sonoma County jurisdictions.
- Strengthen existing green building standards by increasing the minimum number of required indoor air quality related green points.
- Include indoor air quality and health related measures in new retrofit programs.
- Conduct health and safety code inspections at point-of-sale audit.
4. Preferable Healthier Building, Maintenance, And Cleaning Products
- Increase the use of preferable green (non-toxic) products for cleaning, renovation, and maintenance by property managers, homeowners, business owners, schools and organizations.
- Provide incentives for landlords who choose healthier practices when renovating or cleaning rental units.
SCHOOL POLICY PRIORITIES
The West County Asthma Team developed a three year plan to address asthma and clean air at schools. The plan includes the following activities:
1. District Wellness Policy – Review district policies related to asthma management, school health curriculum, physical education curriculum, and environmental trigger reduction policies.
2. Asthma Management – Increase the number of students who understand how to properly manage their asthma at school.
3. Asthma Education – Educate students on how to reduce asthma triggers on campus.
4. Reducing Asthma Triggers & Emergencies – Educate school staff, teachers, PE teachers, and instructional aides on how to respond to asthma emergencies and on ways to reduce asthma triggers at school.