Communities for a Better Environment Overview
Programs: CBE has developed a unique, and uniquely effective program, which involves five distinct elements, all of which combine to help create reduced environmental health risks in industrial communities: * Our community organizers work with urban communities at risk to build successful grassroots campaigns to fight toxic pollution. * Our grassroots leadership training program provides a comprehensive environmental health and justice curriculum for a series of workshops designed to build grassroots leadership skills in adults and youth. Over 700 people have participated in the program in the past five years. * Our expert legal team conducts litigation against corporate polluters and ineffectual regulators to strengthen local and statewide enforcement of environmental laws and regulation of industry. Our success rate in these cases is over 90%. * Our research team provides hard data and high quality research to support our advocacy efforts. CBE researchers have also produced groundbreaking peer-reviewed studies and technological models for industrial pollution reduction and environmentally sustainable industry. * Our national technical assistance program brings an inexpensive, low-tech air pollution monitoring device called the "Bucket" to industrial communities in California and nationwide, so that residents can use the data they generate to pressure regulators and industries to do more to safeguard their health.
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