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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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  • Alex Cohen of Soul Much Water took this photo.

Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

September 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

Photo Credits: Alex Cohen of Soul Much Water. The time for action is always now! In case you haven't heard, here's a brief rundown of what's happening at [...]

  • Remediation work being done near abandoned houses in the Love Canal neighborhood in the late 1970s. (Photo: NY Department of Health Love Canal collection at SUNY Buffalo)

RIT professor’s new book revisits Love Canal

August 25th, 2016|Comments Off on RIT professor’s new book revisits Love Canal

James Goodman, Democrat & Chronicle. Professor Richard Newman chronicles the history of health & environmental activism of Lois Gibbs during her time in Love Canal. This is the foundation of [...]

  • Just Moms Co-Founder Karen Nickel happily maintains control of the microphone while Sam Page, democrat running to maintain his seat for County Councilmen of District 2 responds to questions about West Lake.

We hosted a Candidate Forum in St. Louis that empowered constituents and held politicians accountable this election season.

August 24th, 2016|Comments Off on We hosted a Candidate Forum in St. Louis that empowered constituents and held politicians accountable this election season.

Just Moms Co-Founder Karen Nickel happily maintains control of the microphone while Sam Page, democrat running to maintain his seat for County Councilmen of District 2 responds to questions [...]

Speak Out

Over the next few months building up to the election, CHEJ will be focusing a majority of our time on fracking and clean water. Check out this really entertaining video sent to us by our friends from Frack Off Project!

    
  • Alex Cohen of Soul Much Water took this photo.

Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

September 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

Photo Credits: Alex Cohen of Soul Much Water. The time for action is always [...]

Watch and share this video released by a Texas clean air group claiming Dallas-Fort Worth anti-smog efforts have been so intentionally sabotaged that residents now need EPA to take over the job.

Urge EPA to act: Send a message directly to regional and national EPA administrators. AND Sign the Change.Org Petition.