The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 35 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.
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.
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.
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.
April 8th, 2016|Comments Off on How Pope Francis helped awaken a deep religious tradition for care for the environment
Mark Stoll, Washington Post. Stoll recently wrote a column about the Pope's support for environmental issues and the Catholic tradition for environmental justice, citing CHEJ's founder Lois Gibbs as "the [...]
Kyle Wind, Scranton Times-Tribune. Friends of Lackawanna hold an panel discussion on the expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill with the help of CHEJ. Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s expansion proposal has national importance [...]
Washington Post, Darryl Fears. Members of CHEJ network group Just Moms STL explain the health effects of living near West Lake Landfill and the slow movement of the EPA to [...]
Our local partners are making their voices heard on issues from safer schools to creating clean, green communities.
Singer-songwriter and former 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant is featured on the Movement Music compilation album, “Buy This Fracking Album” which is a collection of artists bringing awareness to the anti-fracking movement through their music. Don’t miss your chance to see her and many other champions accept their award from CHEJ!.