In Advance of COP21 Paris Climate Conference, Cities100 Report Proves that Cities are Leading on Climate Action

The City of San Francisco is Highlighted in New Report for Empowering Communities to Address Health Effects of Climate Change

Nov 23, 2015, 13:23 ET from The San Francisco Department of Public Health

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of San Francisco, CA is proud to announce its inclusion in the global publication, Cities100. Cities100, developed by Sustainia as well as C40, a network of the world's largest cities taking action on climate change, names 100 concrete city solutions to climate change that can be scaled across the world. More than 216 submissions from 94 cities across the world were reviewed.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control, has been working to address the impending local health effects from the impacts of climate change. Through the development of community vulnerability assessments such as the Climate and Health Profile as well as emergency plans, SFDPH has helped strengthen collaboration across government agencies and has enabled innovative solutions from diverse partnerships. In addition, new outreach and education resources on local adaptation and resilience efforts are helping vulnerable communities prepare for the impacts of high heat days and sea level rise as climate change unfolds. San Francisco's climate action solution is highlighted in the Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement section.

"San Francisco's Climate and Health program uniquely promotes community resilience through education, empowerment, and engagement to reduce the health impacts of climate change. Our innovative use of local, state and federal data to map the risks has created robust public dialogue on climate and health and our action plan has the ability to improve local health disparities," says Cyndy Comerford, Manager, Planning, Policy & Analysis at the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Public Health.

The 100 solutions show that meaningful action is happening beyond the national arena. Regardless of wealth or resources, size or location, cities are learning from one another, adapting global best practices to fit local circumstances, and demonstrating they have the power to take action to build a smarter, more resilient, and resource-efficient world.

The Cities100 publication will be presented at the Sustainia COP21 event on December 6th in Paris.

More information on SFDPH's project is at

Cities100 is available for download at


SOURCE The San Francisco Department of Public Health