Climate and Health

The Climate and Health Program studies how climate change impacts public health in Wisconsin, and we use that research to create strategies, tools, and trainings to help communities address health outcomes related to climate change.

Learn about the link between climate change and health, and the work we do:

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Create a Climate Healthy Home

Small changes at home can add up to big health improvements, and savings on your energy and water bills. During National Healthy Homes month, learn more about easy ways to create a climate healthy home:

  • Cool your house: plant shade trees, keep shades closed on hot days, and a get climate-friendly, HFC-free air conditioner.
  • Keep your house dry and mold-free: slope soil and extend downspouts away from the foundation, and plant native trees, shrubs and plants to absorb rainwater. To remove moisture from your home, use a dehumidifier in basements, and install a ventilation/exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Make your house energy efficient: get a home energy assessment through Focus on Energy; install weather stripping and caulk around windows, doors, and foundations; upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat; fill your dishwasher and wash machine all the way before you run a load; hang clothes to dry outside; vacuum refrigerator coils; install LED lightbulbs, and insulate attics, walls and hot water pipes.

 

State Climate Change Report Available

The Governor's Task Force on Climate Change published a set of climate action recommendations in a 120-page report that outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and health impacts related to climate change in Wisconsin, while growing the state's economy.

If you have a question or didn't find what you're looking for, email or call us at 608-267-3242.

Last Revised: June 22, 2021