Our Mission

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) acts to build healthy communities nationwide, with social justice, economic well-being and democratic governance. We provide essential resources, strategic partnerships and training to local leaders to achieve this mission.

CHEJ mentors a movement, empowering people to prevent harm to human health caused by exposure to environmental threats. Through training, coalition building and one-on-one technical and organizing assistance, CHEJ works to level the playing field so that people can have a say in the environmental policies and decisions that affect their health and well-being. By organizing one school, one neighborhood, one community at a time, CHEJ is making the world healthier and cleaner.


Individuals from communities have the power to play an integral role in promoting human health and environmental integrity. Learn More


Training strengthens the  infrastructure and effectiveness of groups and emerging grassroots leaders.  Learn More


The core mission of CHEJ’s science and technical assistance is to demystify the scientific aspect of environmental health issues. Learn More

Day after day calls pour into our office from all over the country. CHEJ responds by talking with local leaders, either in their communities or over the phone, and helping them pick specific and winnable issues like leaking landfills, polluted drinking water, hazardous waste sites, etc. – and helping them create a  campaign. We help community groups research the extent of a problem, break it down into manageable “action steps,” and then develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed to be able to carry out those steps, one by one.

At the same time, we are uniting community voices and facilitating collective action by building nationwide initiatives focused around specific environmental health issues. Our current campaigns focus on environmental health threats to children and fighting for preventive action to protect public health, the environment and our economy. These efforts focus resources and media attention on local grassroots struggles and support organizing around state and local policy initiatives. By building political pressure from the bottom up, we are working toward systemic change at the national level.