Advocacy & Technical Assistance

The organizations listed on this page help people with different environmental issues in different regions. Contact one if you need technical or organizing help.


An Appalachian education center helping communities produce media and arts to support community goals.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Their website has information on ton topics from asphalt plants to nuclear reactors. They have seen it all and offer assistance to communities in the southeastern states.

EarthRose Institute

Their Resource Pages provide a treasury of information about the links between toxic contamination and their impacts to women's and children's health.

Environmental Working Group

Scientists, engineers, policy experts, and lawyers study data to expose environmental threats.

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.

Global Community Monitoring

Trains communities in the use of environmental monitoring tools to see the impact of fossil fuel industry pollution on their health and the environment.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC)

Working toward the day when the lives of people and communities matter before profits. 

"When our communities have good jobs that support our families without doing damage to the water, air, and land. When companies and the wealthy pay their share of taxes and can't buy elections. When Kentuckians–and all people–enjoy a better quality of life."

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago

Works with communities on issues like transportation, air quality, open space, and clean ups.

Pesticide Watch

Works with California families and farmworkers to find sustainable solutions to control pests and pesticide problems. PW tracks policy and use, works in collaboration with other groups to protect families, neighbors, and workers from the negative health effects of pesticides.

River Network

Offers information and training for groups looking out for the water quality in their local waterways and the health of people, plants and animals around them. River Network offers training in monitoring lakes, rivers, and creeks.

Silent Spring Institute

Offers a guide to reporting results from biomonitoring and personal exposure to study participants. The guide includes examples of both text and graphs and illustrates how report authors can draw readers' attention to what is important.

Toxics Action Center

Offers assistance and training to citizen groups in New England facing toxics problems. Staff provide groups with information and resources to understand environmental threats, laws, and regulations, and to achieve their vision of a healthy, safe environment. Their site features stories of the problems communities have faced and solutions they've found.

Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

TURI at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work

Boston University's School of Public Health

Has assisted community groups with health studies of all kinds, and the Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core conducts and communicates research on the impacts of improperly managed hazardous wastes.