About Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
Our Vision: A world where our environment promotes health and equity and where systems place communities at the forefront of decision-making.
Our Mission: The Clean Air Coalition builds power by developing grassroots leaders who organize their communities to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns in Western New York.
Founded in 2007 by residents concerned about environmental contamination in their community, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York is an environmental justice organization. We build power by developing grassroots leaders who organize in their communities and run
environmental justice and public health campaigns in Western New York. We base our organizing in neighborhoods, addressing tangible, on-the-ground conditions that impact people’s lives.
Currently as a working-class, queer, and women-staffed organization, our passion for and experiences with fighting for environmental justice and liberation colors all that we do. We know what it is to create community, care for one another through hard times, and build a
more beautiful and clear vision for the world we all deserve. Clean Air is membership-based and currently has about 200 dues-paying members located
primarily in Western New York, working in the communities of Buffalo, Tonawanda, Kenmore, and Grand Island. Our members are racially diverse and live in poor and working-class communities and communities of color disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and disinvestment. They run successful campaigns that make differences in people's lives for generations to come.
Our work has been highlighted as a national model by Grist, Bill Moyers, and Mother Jones. For over a decade, Clean Air has won successful campaigns stopping large and small industrial facilities from violating environmental and labor regulations which harm our members’ communities, creating the first state-wide coal transition legislation in the United States that prioritizes communities and workers, and reallocating public money back to communities through the participatory budgeting process.
Our mission and vision benefit from a diverse array of experiences, identities, and viewpoints, and we are committed to continuing to grow a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our staff and members.