Richmond, California Showcase - Green and Healthy City Tour

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Richmond highlights strategies to improve health through integrated environmental, economic development and neighborhood revitalization initiatives

Bike to Work Day on the Richmond Greenway

We are working collaboratively, deconstructing traditional silos, to reduce health disparities while providing increased educational and economic development opportunities.

Today City of Richmond is partnering with Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC), The California Endowment, and Richmond Community Foundation to host a tour showcasing initiatives to create a healthy and more sustainable city.

Richmond is one of 14 communities selected by The California Endowment to participate in Building Healthy Communities, a 10-year initiative to improve economic opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, and more in order to create places where children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Richmond recently adopted an innovative General Plan 2030 to promote community health and sustainable development. The General Plan contains innovative policies to improve community health and wellness by increasing access to recreational activities, healthy food, medical services, public transportation, affordable housing, economic opportunities, safe neighborhoods, and improve environmental quality.

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin stated, “I am honored to join community based, regional and national organizations to share our vision for a green and healthy city. Developing and implementing the Richmond Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, Richmond Recovery Rebate - R3 and Livable Corridors Project to promote smart growth in Richmond’s Priority Development Areas Development Areas illustrates our commitment to sustainability.”

The City of Richmond is one of the first cities in the country to include a comprehensive General Plan element dedicated to community health and wellness.

Serving the Richmond community for over 30 years as a cardiologist, Councilmember Jeff Ritterman, M.D. stated, “We are working collaboratively, deconstructing traditional silos, to reduce health disparities while providing increased educational and economic development opportunities with partners such as the East Bay Community Foundation and Richmond Community Foundation. The Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE) anD Richmond Health Equity Partnership are two examples of the positive power of these partnerships.”

The Richmond Greenway, Lillie Mae Jones Plaza, and downtown revitalization anchored by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and Richmond Main Street, will also be highlighted on the tour.

Richmond is an important industrial, commercial, transportation, shipping, and government center. Richmond boasts 32 miles of shoreline, the most of any city in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For additional information, please visit:
http://www.cityofrichmondgeneralplan.org
http://www.richmondhealth.org
http://www.richmondenvironment.org

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