Health & Safety

There is a strong relationship between human health and environmental health.  From the air we breathe to the water we drink and use, life on Earth depends on the natural resources and the environment around us.  Changes in climate, such as higher average temperatures and increased storm frequency and intensity, can intensify public health stressors.1  These impacts endanger public health and safety by affecting the natural systems we rely upon.  As the climate continues to change, the risks to human health continue to grow. 

  1. 2023 Q4 Sustainability Plan Progress

    Village staff throughout the organization are working together to implement the strategies of the updated Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan adopted by the Village Board in 2022. Learn about 2023 Q4 progress. Read on...
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Implementation is for Everyone!

Some actions in this plan will need to be led by the 
Village Board, Village departments, and/or the business community. In addition, there are steps that households and individuals can take to make an impact.   Click below to find out out the what you as a resident can do to help the Village achieve these visionary goals.

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Health & Safety Strategies

Below are the specific Health & Safety goals outlined in the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Plan. Clicking on one of them will display the list of actions to be incorporated into the Village's workplans. They are broken down into completed, in-progress, and future and progress is updated quarterly.

In-Progress Actions

  • Continue to provide information to the community regarding cooling centers to ensure vulnerable residents are aware of these services, including direct messaging at community facilities and through health providers, translated to the community’s top non-English languages. Cooling center locations should be located to maximize accessibility by vulnerable populations, particularly those with limited mobility access, and provided with permanent signage.

Ongoing Actions

  • Make emergency communications available in multiple languages and platforms. The community’s top non-English languages should be addressed in the multiple-language communication plan. Platforms used should focus specifically on reaching the community’s top vulnerable populations identified in the Village's Climate Vulnerability Assessment.

Future Actions

  • Conduct climate change impacts and adaptation training, including training to recognize and respond to physical and behavioral signs of heat-related illness, for law enforcement, fire, and other Village staff working outdoors.
  • Establish a resilient home-inspection referral list to provide voluntary on-site home reviews to identify possible resilience improvements such as flood mitigation strategies, improved weatherization, vegetative shading, etc. Explore a partnership with other agencies including Cook County, ComEd, and local schools.
  • Research the development of a transportation-assistance program for individuals without access to vehicles, such as providing travel vouchers to vulnerable individuals to use during extreme weather or extreme heat emergencies. Explore partners and funding options for program implementation.
  • Collaborate with providers and others to improve awareness of the potential mental health impacts of climate change, signs to watch for, and available supportive resources.

Questions about the Health and Safety sector? Please send an email to Sustainability@skokie.org.