Climate and Health
For more information about climate change and public health in Harris County visit the climate resources page.
H3AT 2020 Heat Mapping Campaign
In 2020, the Houston Harris Heat Action Team (H3AT) rallied 84 local citizen scientists to drive throughout Harris County collecting temperature and humidity data.
Climate and Health Vulnerability Assessments
The vulnerability assessments examine climate impacts and the corresponding health effects they have on individuals.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
SRTS is a national initiative to improve the safety, accessibility, and environment surrounding schools by encouraging active transport and increased connectivity.
The Streets Plans Collaborative published a collection of short-term, local strategies typically used to instigate change in the urban environment.
Crash Modification Factors (CMF) Clearinghouse
CMFs are multiplicative factors used to estimate the reduction in crashes by implementing a change in the roadway.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Implementing CPTED involves changing the physical environment to deter criminal activity by way of increased natural surveillance, access control, and territorial reinforcement.
Healthy Food Access
Healthy Food Access supports bringing healthy foods to corner stores where fresh produce is uncommon and options are limited.
Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Livable Centers Program
The Livable Centers works with local communities to create a built environment where people are able to access destinations with less reliance on their cars by incorporating amenities such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The Livable Centers Program also promotes a sense of community and an increase in jobs leading to an outcome of improved quality of life.
Houston Complete Streets
The Complete Streets and Transportation Plan goal is to provide walkable and bike-friendly neighborhoods that are safe and accessible for people of all abilities. The Complete Streets approach is incorporated into the City of Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan annual process.
Houston Vision Zero
This plan aims to end traffic deaths and serious injuries and create safe, equitable, accessible streets for people walking, rolling, biking, driving, and connecting to transit.
Harris County Vision Zero
Harris County Vision Zero will be an integrated part of future transportation plans and projects to reach the overarching goal of zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries in Harris County by 2030.
California Department of Public Health Integrated Transport and Health Impact Model (ITHIM)
The California Integrated Transport and Health Impact Model (ITHIM) is an advanced modeling and planning tool that quantifies the health impacts of changes in transportation.