Welcome to Chicago PSR
Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility is dedicated to promoting a healthier Chicago and improved public health worldwide through advocacy and education about the effects of climate change, environmental toxins, and other environmental threats to human health.
Save-the-date: Chicago-area medical student sustainability conference featuring Karen Weigert on August 20. Location TBA, check back soon.
We helped shut down Chicago's dirty coal plants
Chicago PSR is a proud member of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition and we helped lead a successful campaign to shut down Chicago's coal-fired power plants. These dirty and unhealthy plants will close in 2012 thanks to the efforts of more than 60 organizations. Chicago Clean Power Coalition members were honored at the Illinois Environmental Council dinner on September 20, 2012. Celebrate this big win for public health and clean air!
We have developed a Climate Change and Public Health Plan for Cook County
Climate change threatens our health by increasing infectious diseases, heat emergencies and poor air quality. To help the public health officials in the Chicago metropolitan area prepare and plan for the health effects of climate change in our area, we have developed a public health adaptation plan for Cook County.
We understand the need to green hospitals and health care centers
View our how-to video, "Dr. Green: The Environmentally-Conscious Medical Office"
Healthcare is the second most energy -intensive commercial building sector in the US. We work with our partners to help hospitals and clinics cut emissions and make environmentally friendly product choices. We actively support the procurement of local and sustainable food in health care settings.
We want to help doctors green their offices. Click here to learn more about our Green Teas program.
We oppose the construction of new nuclear power plants in the US, and seek greener, cleaner energy solutions.
Nuclear power plants expose the public to enormous radiation health risks. Accidents at nuclear power plants can have devastating consequences--as seen at the Three Mile Island plant, at Chernobyl, and now in northern Japan--that can put millions of humans at risk of radiation-induced illnesses. These accidents can also permanently irradiate surrounding land, making it uninhabitable and unsafe for growing crops. Additional risk comes from the lack of safe nuclear waste disposal. We support research and legislation promoting renewable energy solutions.
We continue to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons
Nuclear weapons pose the gravest threat to humanity and the environment. National PSR shared the Nobel Peace Prize with IPPNW for our nuclear disarmament work in 1985. We continue to work with local and national organizations to limit nuclear stockpiles and eventually create a world free of nuclear weapons.