Grassroots in the U.S.

Oakland Parents Together – Oakland, California

OPT consists of parents who understand the importance of creating a “healthy school community” holistically. It organizes and empowers parents to be full equal partners in Oakland Public Schools. Addressing environmental issues in the local community is one way it achieves a better school environment.


OneLA – Los Angeles, California

Consisting of diverse community members, OneLA bridges difference to address problems facing their community. The organization fought to protect their children from asthma-related problems caused by the location of their school.


Uplift Syracuse – Syracuse, New York

Consisting of concerned community members in Syracuse, New York, Uplift Syracuse has recently been holding weekly meetings to identify ways they can end the contamination of their water and mitigate the effects of lead poisoning. Uplift Syracuse organizes community members primarily through social media.


Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning – Baltimore, Maryland

Emerging out of a grassroots movement founded in 1986 called Parents Against Lead, the Coalition is a nationally recognized direct service organization located in Baltimore. Its online resources allow families to investigate the degree to which their children might be at risk for harmful lead-exposure by accounting for location and home features. Its Green and Healthy Homes Initiative prevents childhood lead-poisoning by providing under-resourced families with means to make their homes safer for healthier children.


Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency – Utica, New York

Determined to “help people help themselves and each other,” MVCAA embodies the spirit of home and improves their local communities. Recently, their organizing efforts to reduce the amount of lead exposure in their community connected them with University of Rochester EHSC to implement primary prevention projects in their community.


Childhood Lead Action Project – Providence, Rhode Island

The Childhood Lead Action Project began to tackle minimum housing code enforcement policies by convening local health, environmental, and community stakeholders. It identified opportunities to reduce childhood lead poisoning and asthma triggers in the city of Providence.