The Public Health Law Center’s Climate Justice Team works to support community-led efforts that improve the living environments of under-resourced communities who disproportionately bear the effects of climate change. We are dedicated to maintaining a deep knowledge of climate policies and legal strategies that promote health equity and the equitable distribution of the resources everyone needs to thrive. Please reach out to us at: climatejustice@mitchellhamline.edu.

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Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis Minnesota

Petition for Rulemaking to Electrify Public Housing

The 900,000 households living in federal public housing oftentime face conditions that pose health and safety risks, including indoor air pollution from fossil fuel appliances and other asthma triggers. The Public Health Law Center and 22 housing, public health, environmental justice, energy, and climate organizations filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce these health harms through electrification upgrades.

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To make public housing healthier, electric stoves and ovens should be the standard

In this op-ed, Senior Staff Attorneys Esther Agbaje and Tonya Curry, in partnership with authors at Climate Nexus, share the importance of why residents of public housing deserve a plan to transition their homes to modern electric appliances.

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Denver Skyline from City Park

The Tortured Arguments Department: Corporate Landlords’ Flimsy Challenge to Colorado Green-Buildings Policies

In a recent post, Staff Attorney Daniel Carpenter-Gold discusses the the recent case Colorado Apartment Association v. Ryan.

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    Cooking with Smoke: How the Gas Industry Used Tobacco Tactics to Cover Up Harms from Gas Stoves

    This publication documents the intertwined paths of the tobacco and gas misinformation campaigns, and the similar health detriments of their products, concluding with ways state and local governments and public health advocates can come together to address the harms from indoor gas just as we have from indoor smoke.

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    Cooking with Smoke Infographic

    Companion infographic to Cooking with Smoke report.

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    Cooking with Smoke Webinar Recording

    This webinar shines a light on the troubling parallels between the gas and commercial tobacco industries, including their pollutants and deceptive practices.

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    What’s Next After Berkeley? How to Avoid EPCA Preemption with Building Decarb Policies

    Panel discussion of the California Restaurant Association v. Berkeley case, its implications inside and outside of the Ninth Circuit, and the many policy approaches including building codes and building performance standards that are still available to states and localities to protect their residents from the impacts of fossil-fuel use.

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    Gloom Not Doom: The Latest in the Berkeley Decarbonization Case

    Staff Attorney Daniel Carpenter-Gold discusses background and current updates of the California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley, where the California Restaurant Association challenged the City of Berkeley’s January 2020 amendment to the Berkeley Municipal Code, which prohibits natural gas infrastructure in most newly constructed buildings within the city.

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    Low & No-Cost Regulatory Proposals to Address Climate Change and Pollution in HUD-Assisted Homes

    The Public Health Law Center and a group of 20 health, housing and environmental advocates are calling for HUD to act without delay on more than a dozen no- and low-cost measures to improve housing conditions for residents.

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    Public Health Requires Rethinking Gas Stoves

    Staff Attorney Esther Agbaje discusses proposed policies regarding gas stoves.

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    PHLC NSPIRE Comments

    PHLC submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Request for Comment on the National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate ("NSPIRE"). These are the housing standards HUD proposed to replace the standards that currently apply to various HUD-assisted housing programs. This document previews some of the arguments and science underlying our petition to HUD and touch on gas stoves, A/C, mold, safe drinking water, and ventilation.

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    PHLC & PCR Response to Chicago DOH's RFI on Residential Housing Decarbonization and Retrofits

    This resource is Public Health Law Center and People for Community and Recovery's (PCR) partnered response to the Chicago Department of Housing's (DOH) Request for Information (RFI) on Residential Housing Decarbonization and Retrofits, including prioritizing marginalized communities with a holistic approach in replacing fossil-fuel burning appliances, ensuring indoor air quality, and weatherization.

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    Why Are Gas Stoves Suddenly Controversial?

    Staff Attorney Dani Replogle explains why health concerns over gas stove use is frequently discussed in the news.

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    The Time is Right for Equitable Electrification

    This resource explains how funding from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, and other national, state and local sources, can provide needed support to make widespread electrification more feasible and accessible.

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