WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring 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 is working to achieve this mission by accomplishing a set of clear Goals linked to our 8 indicators of a healthy community:

Clean Air
Elimination of ambient air pollutants emitted from transportation, housing, and other facilities, including small business sources.

Affordable, Equitable Transit
Access by residents to affordable, safe, clean, and reliable forms of public and alternative transportation regardless of age and ability.

Reducing Waste, Pests & Pesticides
The appropriate management of solid waste, pests and pesticides.

Toxic Free Products
Access to and use of consumer products that do not contain chemicals at levels harmful to human health.

Good Food in Schools
Ready availability of produce, dairy, meats, legumes, nuts, grains and seeds that are fresh, unprocessed, healthy, local and small-scaled when possible.

Sustainable Land Use
Promoting land use planning and zoning policies that support community health and wellness.

Open & Green Space
The creation and use of unenclosed areas connecting the built and natural environments and providing opportunities for recreation, reflection and interactions with nature.

Healthy Indoor Environments
Reduced exposure to indoor pollutants in residences, workplaces and schools.