The Proclamation Request Toolkit

Helpful Tips

Start early. Allow enough time to submit and process your request. It may take several months. Begin the process now.

Follow-up with the office of your governor or mayor 2 weeks after submitting the request.

 

Process of Requesting a Proclamation


1. Let others know that you are helping to obtain a proclamation for CEH Day by adding your action to the Events and Activities Map:

View the Map

Add Your Proclamation Request

2. Search on your mayor or governor’s website or google for information on their proclamation process. If you cannot find the proclamation information online, call your government’s office.

3. You will probably either have to submit an online form or email someone in the government office to request the proclamation.  Use the information that is in the template proclamation on this website to create a CEH Day proclamation. In the document, just replace the text in red with your government’s information and change the new text to black before you send the information to your government official.

Click on the link below to receive your free CEH Day Proclamation template

City Proclamation Template

State Proclamation Template

4. You may be asked to provide a brief explanation as to why it is important to recognize Children’s Environmental Health Day through the online proclamation request submission form or over email correspondence with the Governor or Mayor’s office. This is oftentimes called a Purpose for Proclamation or a Reason for Recognition statement. To expedite the process and make it easier on you, we have included some draft language:

Reason for Your Proclamation Request

5. Submit a Photo Op Request to the office of your governor or mayor to get a photo with the elected official who signed your CEH Day Proclamation. Oftentimes, this can be arranged by submitting a Scheduling Request form or by emailing the governor's or mayor's office. Details will be found on your government's website. 

6. Once the proclamation has been issued and you have received it, create a press release to send to your favorite media outlets. Please also add your proclamation requests and updates to the CEH Day Events & Activities Map at cehday.org

            Proclamation Template Press Release

 

What Next?

The exciting part comes next. Once you obtain a proclamation, make sure folks know about it! Spread the word widely. Turn this public declaration into an advocacy tool. Does your city need to invest more in electric vehicle infrastructure, green buildings, or increasing urban tree canopy in under-resourced neighborhoods? Are you fighting a proposed biomass incinerator facility in your community or the widening of major roads? Follow up with the elected official and respective offices: bring the signed proclamation and your climate action agenda and hold them accountable.

Download the Toolkit

Has your city or state proclaimed CEH Day in past years? Check the lists to the right, then use it!
If you have successfully obtained a proclamation for past CEH Days from your mayor or governor, thank you, and great work! Now let’s put that proclamation to work in helping to advance important campaigns affecting children’s environmental health in your community. Download the  Proclamation Advocacy Toolkit for some sample social media messages (use hashtag: #CEHDay365), sample scripts for contacting your elected officials, and other ideas for making the most of your obtained proclamation.

Past CEH Day Proclamations

2022 Proclamations (click to expand)

State Proclamations

Massachusetts
Maryland
California declared October Children’s Environmental Health Month

City Proclamations
Annapolis, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Omaha, NE

2021 Proclamations (click to expand)

State Proclamations
Illinois
Massachusetts
Maryland
Connecticut
Texas
Oregon
Virginia
North Carolina
California declared October Children’s Environmental Health Month

City Proclamations
Annapolis, MD
Lexington, VA
Milford, CT
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Sonoma, CA
Cloverdale, CA
Cotati, CA
Healdsburg, CA
Rohnert Park, CA
Windsor, CA
La Mesa, CA
Chula Vista, CA
San Diego, CA
Chicago, IL
Lemon Grove, CA
Ludowici, GA
Decatur, GA
Encinitas, CA
Solana Beach, CA
Pittsburgh, PA

2020 Proclamations (click to expand)

State Proclamations
Oregon
Arkansas
Kentucky
Colorado
Idaho
Maryland
Massachusetts
Tennessee

County Proclamations
Montgomery County, MD
Sonoma County, CA

City Proclamations
Gloucester Township, NJ
Ludowici, GA
Austin, TX
Annapolis MD,
Washington, DC
New York, NY
Oakland, CA
Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA

2019 Proclamations (click to expand)

State Proclamations
Colorado
Idaho
Tennessee
Maryland
Massachusetts
Oregon

City Proclamations
Philadelphia, PA
Austin, TX
Orlando, FL
Omaha, NE
New York, NY

2018 Proclamations (click to expand)

State Proclamations
Massachusettes
New York
Nebraska
Virginia

City Proclamations
Tuscon, AZ
Petaluma, CA
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Ocean City, NJ
Rochester, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Alexandria, VA

Got questions? Send us an email at cehn@cehn.org