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Sonoma County Asthma Coalition —

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Housing and Schools

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Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) Visiting Legislators at State Capitol

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.


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