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California Breathing is a program working to address asthma in California from a public health perspective. Our purpose is to advance strategies outlined in the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California -- a roadmap developed collaboratively by government agencies, asthma experts, community groups, and others to improve asthma prevention, treatment, policy, data, and public education.

Green Building Link Icon  Environmental Working Group
The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
 
Green Building Link Icon  EPA (An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality)
A general fact sheet on the sources, effects, and solutions to indoor air quality issues.
 
Green Building Link Icon  EPA (Asbestos in Your Home)
This information will help you understand asbestos: what it is, its health effects, where it is in your home, and what to do about it.
 
Green Building Link Icon  EPA Map of Radon Zones
The purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes.
 
Green Building Link Icon  Healthy Building Network
The Healthy Building Network is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment. Website contains useful links and information on pressure treated wood, composite lumber, and PVC products.
 
Green Building Link Icon  Healthy House Institute
HHI provides consumers information to make their homes healthier. HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes. To this end, HHI treats the home like an ecosystem with many interrelated parts, covering topics in-depth such as air and water quality, building, remodeling and furnishing, cleaning and housekeeping, health and safety, ventilation, lighting, energy efficiency and more.
 
Green Building Link Icon  Index of Lead Certified Professionals in California
Links to the most current lists of lead-related construction professionals who have been certified by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).
 
Green Building PDF Icon Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home (.pdf)
The purpose of this pamphlet is to help reduce lead exposure when conducting home renovation and remodeling activities.
 
Green Building Link Icon The Fire Safe Council

The California Fire Safe Council's mission is to preserve and enhance California's manmade and natural resources by providing leadership and support that mobilizes all Californians to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires. The Fire Safe Council, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and other organizations have developed several educational brochures that homeowners may use to help protect themselves from damaging wildfires.