Transportation is simply a collection of functions whose purpose is to help promote the general welfare — to help us live healthier lives in a healthier society and healthier earth. Transportation is an intensive consumer of financial and natural resources; in turn it exerts a powerful impact on land use and development. Studies from the UK’s National Health Service suggest that transportation is responsible for more than 20 percent of health care’s environmental footprint. In the U.S., it accounts for close to 40 percent of green house gas (GHG) emissions. Hospitals are transforming fleet vehicles, instituting car and van pools, and expanding shuttle services to connect their businesses to public transportation alternatives. Keyword searches: [healthy transportation/ transportation alternatives/ healthcare transportation]
American Public Health Association (APHA)
The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.
Responsible Purchasing Guide for Light-Duty Fleet Vehicles
Responsible Purchasing Network, Center for a New American Dream. This web-based guide covers vehicles and fuels that operate efficiently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and increase energy security. Includes sample policies, purchasing considerations, purchasing specifications and a hybrid fleet calculator to compare hybrid electric (HEV) and conventional vehicles.
At the Intersection of Public Health and Transportation: Promoting Healthy Transportation Policies. Undated. 16 pp. American Public Health Association.