Who We Are


REC is a grassroots environmental justice organization located in Worcester, Massachusetts–New England’s second largest city. Founded in 1971, REC has been dedicated to building healthy, sustainable and just communities in Worcester and beyond for almost 40 years.

Our members, staff, board and volunteers work together to accomplish this mission by:

  • Developing and coordinating programs that bring community members together to address environmental justice issues in the places where we live, work, and play;
  • Organizing neighborhood residents–including youth–and training community leaders to tackle environmental justice issues in our neighborhoods;
  • Providing events and forums for environmental justice education, networking, visioning and problem-solving in Worcester and beyond;
  • Advocating at local, state, and national levels for public policies that foster environmental and social justice, ensure ecological sustainability and equitable access to clean air and water, open space, local, organic and nutritious food, clean energy, green jobs, and healthy homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.


Our Current Programs Include:

Environmental Health & Justice Program:

Green and Healthy Homes Coalition, Worcester Diesel Pollution Solution, and Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups

Food Justice Program:

Urban Garden Resources of Worcester (UGROW), Youth Growing and Raising Organics in Worcester (YouthGROW), and REC Farmers Markets, Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters

Advocacy & Education Program:

REC members, board and staff work with local and statewide coalitions to improve public policy and to educate the public on a range of environmental justice issues


Our members are at the heart of what we do. To learn more about membership go to the membership page.

Get Involved!

If you are interested in getting involved in our work, call 508-799-9139 and inquire about an upcoming Volunteer Orientation Session.