Toxics Action Center


Our mission

At Toxics Action Center, we believe everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy, sustainable community. Our mission is to work side-by-side with communities, empowering you with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level.

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We’re Here To Get You Trained And Organized.

Even in the face of powerful polluters and unresponsive government, we’ve learned that when residents come together, form a group, get their voices heard, organize, set goals and make a plan, we can win.

Toxics Action Center organizes residents to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and work for proactive, positive change. Our staff will work with you and your neighbors to build a unique campaign plan that achieves your goals.

Organizing Assistance

The core of our work takes place on-site, in the homes of concerned residents. Our organizers come directly to local citizens, training and guiding you through the process of creating a group and running a campaign. We provide formal group organizing programs, as well as numerous trainings tailored to your community’s specific needs. We can walk you through the basics of planning a winning campaign, developing effective messaging and materials, building an effective group, preparing for public hearings, working with the media, winning a community vote, fundraising, understanding the science of pollution.

Network Of Experts

We connect neighborhood groups with other activists working on similar campaigns to build confidence and share lessons, ideas and information. We also maintain an expert referral list with legal, public health and environmental professionals who help local groups pro bono or at a reduced fee.


Our annual conferences and weekend trainings pull all of our services together. By bringing together hundreds of activists, expert government officials, skilled trainers and big-name speakers, the conferences give attendees a deeper understanding of environmental issues, an introduction to a larger movement, new skills, the opportunity to meet directly with government regulators, and inspiration to keep going. Find out more about the annual Local Environmental Action Conference.

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