What We Do
Environmental Health & Justice (EHJ)
Environmental Health & Justice works to address the environmental hazards that burden Worcester’s low-income neighborhoods. Its projects are:
Weatherize Worcester which encourages residents of low-income areas to weatherize and make their homes more energy efficient.
Worcester Diesel Pollution Solution, a campaign to reduce diesel pollution in the city
Worcester Trash Action, which brings the city’s residents together to remove trash/refuse from the city’s streets and parks
Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition, comprising dozens of organizational partners and grassroots community members working to eliminate an array of environmental health hazards in homes in Worcester’s lowest-income neighborhoods
Food Justice (FJ)
Food Justice’s four component programs work to increase access to fresh, healthy, affordable produce for Worcester’s lowest-income/most food-insecure residents. These programs are:
Community Gardens, a network of 52 community and school gardens managed by over 400 volunteer gardeners
REC Community Farmers Markets, which provide affordable, local produce from June – October to residents of Worcester’s most food-insecure neighborhoods
Share Our Strength’s “Cooking Matters”™ cooking classes for low-income families.
YouthGROW, a youth development program that trains 35-plus at-risk local teens annually in life skills and the basics of urban agriculture, via managing our 2 urban farms.