WE ACT supports the elimination of ambient air pollutants emitted from transportation, housing, and other facilities, including small business sources.
6,630 buildings are burning dirty, unrefined heavy fuels which detrimentally affect air quality.
1,315 of these buildings are located in Northern Manhattan.
Click here to "spot the soot" and determine what fuel type your building is burning.
Clean Power Plan
President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan that would cut carbon emissions in half, but it’s not clear how these cuts will affect our communities. EJ community members deserve a seat at the table in decision making around cutting emissions and creating green jobs. WE ACT and our Federal Policy Office is undertaking a nationwide campaign that involves over 40 grassroots Environmental Justice organizations in 19 states in decision-making around the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. We are working with groups in key states to help them better understand and have a voice in the creation of their own State Implementation Plans.
- PETITION: Tell the EPA to Protect EJ Communities
Community Outreach Education Core
Compared to most other New Yorkers, Northern Manhattan residents suffer disproportionately from the impacts of environmental pollution. To help alleviate this disparity, WE ACT has partnered with the Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan (CEHNM) as a member of the Center's Community Outreach Education Core. The mission of CEHNM is to understand and prevent the environmental components of diseases.
The Center members concentrate their efforts on three disease categories: neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); respiratory diseases, including asthma and emphysema; and environmentally related cancer. Members of the Community Outreach Education Core are tasked with disseminating the Center's findings to community residents. WE ACT takes the work a step further by using Center findings to galvanize residents into advocacy work designed to improve public policy around environmental health.
Ongoing work includes basic laboratory studies of disease mechanisms and epidemiological studies of exposed populations. WE ACT and CEHNM are seeking to understand the effects of both environmental exposures and genetic susceptible.
Community Stressors and Susceptibility to Air Pollution in Urban Asthma
Epidemiological evidence suggests that chronic stress, which alters immune function and other physiologic parameters, may alter individual susceptibility to the health effects of traffic-related air pollution. There is growing interest in exploring combined effects of social and physical exposures, and in developing methods to examine synergistic effects. Social stressors (like poverty) and pollution may be spatially correlated, clustered in lower-income communities. Thus, the most pollution-exposed communities (like Northern Manhattan, for example) may also be the most susceptible. Understanding this interplay is critical to protecting susceptible populations and improving public health.
Towards this end, WE ACT has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh to examine chronic stress at the community scale (e.g., percent households below poverty line), ambient scale stressors that vary geographically (e.g., noise near major roads), and at the individual scale (e.g., perceived stress). The results of this research were made available for public review at the beginning of 2012.