WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a 501 (C)(3) Northern Manhattan community-based membership 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
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WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT envisions a community that has:
informed and engaged residents who participate fully in decision-making on key issues that impact their health and community.
strong and equal environmental protections.
increased environmental health through community-based participatory research and evidence-based campaigns.
Our Director of Special Projects Michael Velarde was interviewed about our East 125th Community Visioning Action Plan, a community-centered development model for East Harlem, on The Next System Project podcast, which aired on May 31, 2019. Listen Here
WE ACT’s Deputy Director & Director of Policy Initiatives Cecil Corbin-Mark was interviewed about the impacts of and solutions to address extreme heat amplified by climate change on low-income communities and communities of color like those in Northern Manhattan for
WE ACT member & CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism student Diara Townes put together a short audio documentary on how New Yorkers are addressing the public health & inequality challenges amplified by climate change. She included interviews with WE
In a May 13, 2019 Grist Magazine article about the increase in intensity, frequency, and duration of extreme heat events driven by climate change, WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives Cecil Corbin-Mark was quoted talking about urban
WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s Deputy Director & Director of Policy Initiatives Cecil Corbin-Mark and Community Organizer & Outreach Coordinator Aditi Varshneya were quoted in an April 25, 2019 article in US News & World Report that explores the effort involved
WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Kerene N. Tayloe, Esq. appeared on WUSA Channel 9’s Great Day Washington on April 22, 2019 to offer some Earth Day advice, including how to avoid phthalates in food products
On March 3, 2019, WE ACT’s Co-Founder & Executive Director Peggy Shepard was featured in a Huffington Post article for International Women’s Day celebrating “8 Women Making the World A Better Place.” Read the Article
WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives Cecil Corbin-Mark appeared on ABC Channel 7’s Here and Now on Feb. 3rd, 2019 discussing our Solar Uptown Now program, which is putting rooftop solar on affordable housing in Harlem and training