WE ACT builds healthy communities by ensuring that low income, people of color participate in the creation of environmental health policies and practices.
|Mission||WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.|
WE ACT for Environmental Justice is Northern Manhattan's proactive community health watchdog, advocating and advancing measures to shape an environment that improves the quality of life for residents of a historically underrepresented area. WE ACT began its successful history by becoming the driving force in the creation of Harlem Piers Park, forming a design committee whose open space vision was ultimately accepted by the city as a better use of the abandoned piers that were projected to become a hotel. WE ACT also spearheaded the implementation of more stringent bus pollution standards, suing the MTA for opening its eighth bus depot in Northern Manhattan and helping to make a strong case that led them to switch from diesel fuel. to hybrid electrics that reduce tailpipe emissions by 95%. WE ACT's ability to build effective coalitions within the community helped deter the city from expanding a waste facility in Northern Manhattan and influenced the City Council to pass a strong lead poisoning standard. Its experienced leadership and a vast network of municipal, state and national contacts on make it a meaningful voice for environmental progress on all levels of government. Working research partnerships with Columbia University, Montefiore Medical Center and Mt Sinai Hospital provide unparalleled credibility: one of One of WE ACT's Columbia research projects was used as justification for a fine particulate standard that was adapted by the EPA and upheld by the US Supreme Court. Policy work is not that visible: effecting change often takes years and WE ACT will stay with an issue until an acceptable solution is in place. Its groundbreaking grassroots efforts ultimately improve the well-being of all New Yorkers and provide a national blueprint for communities facing similar challenges.