Prioritizing Hiawatha CARE Project Actions

By robb, August 13, 2013 7:47 am

We have spent the last year talking to people in East Phillips and Longfellow about the environmental and health risks that most concern them. From the list of top 5 concerns, we have come up with 14 different ACTIONS that we could do as a community to improve our health and environment:

Air Pollution

  • Plant more trees.
  • Reduce air pollution from cars and trucks, lawnmowers, wood fires, etc.
  • Work with business and industry to reduce local air pollutants.


  • Reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Support efforts to reduce asthma triggers in the home.

Clean Water

  • Encourage yard-care practices to minimize pesticides and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Reduce chemical use in homes and businesses and cut down on dumping of hazardous waste.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff to rivers, lakes, and creeks.

Economic Instability

  • Encourage people and businesses to buy locally.
  • Support partnerships to improve jobs skills, train workers, and create learning opportunities for all.
  • Support local food production to grow the local economy.

Poor Nutrition and Obesity

  • Improve access to healthy, affordable food through gardens, farmers markets, and urban farms.
  • Make it safer and easier to walk and bike to places in the neighborhood.
  • Support community efforts to promote good nutrition and healthy food.

We are asking for your help in figuring out which of these strategies are most important to the community. Please go to this survey to let us know how much of a priority each of these ACTIONS are for you.

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