New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Special Projects Fund
April 2013 – May 2014
Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of New York City’s waterfront communities and need for resiliency planning for future severe weather occurrences.
Several of these waterfronts have large industrial concentrations of chemical manufacturing plants, garbage-transfer stations, and sewage treatment centers located in close proximity to residential areas. These industrial businesses generate large amounts of toxins, which can threaten the health and quality of life of some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, the City of New York had not analyzed the public health exposure risks associated with heavy industrial toxins in these locations, which also have high proportions of low-income residents and people of color.
In 2013, NYSHealth awarded a grant to New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) to pursue a Hurricane Sandy recovery agenda emphasizing an environmentally responsible rebuilding strategy.