We officially founded Environmental Health Coalition in 1980 as the Coalition Against Cancer. Since that time, our knowledge has rapidly increased about the relationship between serious health effects and the chemicals used in homes and workplaces and often disposed of in neighborhoods.
Fast forward more than 30 years, Environmental Health Coalition has become a leader in the environmental justicemovement and a resource for community-based organizations working in the fields of environmental health and justice, social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. We have come far and we have many goals for the future. Click to view a larger version of our history timeline.
Our cutting-edge strategies have led to first-ever achievements, including:
- passage of one of the first Community Right-to-Know laws in the nation
- the first state ban on lead-contaminated candies
- the first bi-national toxic site cleanup
- the first municipal General Plan in California to include environmental justice goals