The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 38 years. We train and support local activists across the country and build local, state and national initiatives that win on issues from Superfund to climate change.

Learn More

We Can Help You Win

CHEJ has the tools to help residents fight against toxic threats in their community. We can provide scientific information to make your case, leadership training to build your organization and organize your community, and ongoing coaching throughout the process.

Whether you are starting a new initiative from scratch with volunteers or have been working together for years, CHEJ is there for you. Contact us to find out more. 

Learn More

Love Canal

Our story began in Love Canal, NY, where Lois Gibbs led her neighbors to be protected from 20,000 tons of hazardous waste buried in their backyards. Love Canal was national news and the catalyst for the federal Superfund program.

Armed with lessons about the power of organizing, education and the bold voice of local residents defending their families, Lois launched CHEJ in 1981. We’ve been fighting for a healthier environment ever since.

Read More

A Network For Change

Our nationwide network of more than 300 local community groups works locally and at the regional, state and national levels to achieve critical policy impacts around issues like fracking, release of toxic chemicals, climate change, industral waste and more.

The communities we serve are largely rural, low-wealth or working class—the places that typically bear the brunt of environmental degradation. Together, we make a difference. 

Join Us
   
  • jwclimatestrike-20190215155329047_web

Teenage Girls Lead Strike Demanding Climate Justice

February 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Teenage Girls Lead Strike Demanding Climate Justice

TENS of thousands of school children, in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK, went on strike on Friday in protest at the lack of political action to [...]

  • Newsom_clean_water_graphic_1

TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has made confronting California’s contaminated drinking water a top priority early in his term in office. Read More.

  • 7-1-map-finish_yellow

Irish High Court delivers killer blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by ‘New Fortress Energy’

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Irish High Court delivers killer blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by ‘New Fortress Energy’

The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proved that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition. Read More.

Stay updated with CHEJ by following us on Instagram @chejsphotos

    
  • 562816ff-fdb4-451e-9a11-0ea353ba36e3-PFAS

What is PFAS, where is it, and what is government doing about it in 2019?

February 13th, 2019|Comments Off on What is PFAS, where is it, and what is government doing about it in 2019?

By: Daisy Clennon PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. It is an umbrella term [...]

  • ny overview

Urban Tree Cover Decline Increases Health Risks

February 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Urban Tree Cover Decline Increases Health Risks

By: Jeremy Buchanan Trees are one of the most important resources we have available to us. [...]

Get the Lead Out of Schools Act!

No level of lead is exposure is safe for children. We need to protect our children from lead that can cause learning delays, especially in their schools. The Get the Lead Out of Schools Act mandates all schools to test for lead in their water and provides action grants to fix any contamination. Protect our children—contact your senators and make sure they support the Get the Lead Out of Schools Act when it goes to the Senate Floor.

Send a message to your representative now! 

Watch Leah, a 12-year-old activist give an impassioned speech at the Families belong together Rally on June 30th. CHEJ had the privilege of joining People’s Action and thousands of other activists at the rally to put an end to family separation at the border.