Tips for Child-Healthy Home Repairs and Energy Upgrades: Brochure Available in Seven Languages

Joint release from CELA and the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment

Jun 27 2012

Toronto: Renovate Right, for the sake of children’s health, is the message in the latest brochure from the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE). It is available on-line in seven languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Punjabi, and Tagalog.

The brochure comes out of the Healthy Retrofits project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and led by CPCHE partner, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA).

CPCHE partners, who include experts in public health, medicine, environmental protection, and child care, developed the brochure from a baseline report and broad consultation and outreach with key stakeholders.

Renovate Right: How to make sure a home repair or energy upgrade is child healthy provides tips for homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, and contractors. It explains why extra care is needed and describes four steps that should be taken including: isolating the work, busting the dust, choosing and using products carefully, and taking care of the air. The brochure is supported by more detailed content on-line (www.renovate-right.ca) such as Frequently Asked Questions and information for tenants

“The Healthy Retrofits project connects several key areas of our work at CELA including childhood exposure to toxic substances, energy efficiency, and energy affordability” noted Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher with CELA. “We know that low income circumstances can result in greater exposure to toxic substances such as lead, routinely found in older, sub-standard housing. Often, energy costs are also higher. This outreach work targets these key areas, especially lead in older paints, and aims to ensure that energy efficiency upgrades are healthy. Not only can we bring down energy costs, we need to ensure that energy upgrades are both green and healthy,” Cooper noted.

“Our educational and outreach work is highly respected,” noted Erica Phipps, CPCHE’s Partnership Director. “It is carefully researched and vetted by our experts. We are pleased that the Renovate Right brochure is being taken up by municipal building and public health departments and some local retailers. We strongly encourage others to help us distribute these important messages to the Canadian public,” Phipps noted.

For more information or to order bulk copies of the brochure, please contact:

Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, CELA kcooper@cela.ca  705-341-2488 (cell)
Erica Phipps, Partnership Director, CPCHE erica@healthyenvironmentforkids.ca