December 19, 2017
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Dear Friend:

As we wrap up our first 10 months of operating in Virginia, we thought it would be nice to share with you some of our accomplishments and provide a look ahead to some of our priorities for 2018.

We would like to thank our many volunteers, activists, donors and partner organizations. What we have accomplished would not have been possible without your support.

Our Advocacy 

Chesapeake PSR submitted comments, petitions and testimony on a number of climate and energy issues in 2017. Our focus was on promoting solar energy, providing support for limits on carbon emissions, and stopping the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.


 Comments to the Virginia State Water Control Board on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Tina Smusz, MD, MSPH, Dec. 11, 2017.

 Petition to Virginia General Assembly: Support Efforts to Remove Virginia's Anti-Competitive Solar Policies. We are still taking signatures on this petition.

 Petition to Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): Reject certification of Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. 

 Health professional and advocate sign-on letter to Virginia DEQ: Support carbon reductions in Virginia, Jul. 26, 2017.

 Health professional and advocate letter to Virginia Senator Frank Wagner  expressing support for the governor's proposal to draft regulation limiting CO2 emissions, Jun. 15, 2017. Similar letters were sent to all members of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules.

Read more about our Virginia work.  

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Chesapeake PSR publications give our readers a clearer understanding of the latest science on an issue and our policy positions. Here is what we published in 2017.


Climate Change and Health in Virginia, a Chesapeake PSR Health and Energy Brief.


Health Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a Chesapeake PSR Health and Energy Brief.


The Health Effects of Fracking, a Chesapeake PSR Health and Energy Brief.



Climate Change and Your Health brochure  




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Chesapeake PSR held a number of successful workshops around Virginia in 2017 on climate and energy issues with a wide range of partners. 




Climate, Health and Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads (Norfolk)

Health Implications of Energy Choices in Southwest Virginia (Roanoke)

Climate and Public Health in Virginia (RIchmond)

Your Home, Your Yard: Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint (Vienna)

We also provided support for a workshop, Climate Change and Health, at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, hosted by Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action and other groups. 

‚ÄčKeep tabs on these and upcoming events.


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Who we are 

Chesapeake PSR works to amplify the health science voice and energize medical and health professionals and health advocates to take action on issues of climate and energy, toxics and health, and peace and social justice. We have been working in Maryland since 1982 and in Virginia since 2017.  

Our work in Virginia focuses on three areas:

1. building the knowledge base and advocacy skills of doctors, nurses and other health professionals in Virginia so that they can play a meaningful part in addressing issues related to climate change, energy choices and human health; 2. educating the general public and policymakers about the health risks associated with climate change and the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy; and, 3. ensuring that government agencies stop the expansion of the use of fossil fuels and regulate current combustible energy sources in a way that maximizes protection to human health. 

Read more about our work, policy positions and leadership.


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Looking ahead

In early January, we will share our 2018 legislative and policy agenda - and information on how you can become involved in helping Virginia become healthier and safer in the coming year.  

Visit Chesapeake PSR's website.


Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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