South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study
Concerned about the air pollution created by the high number of waste transfer facilities, and increasing diesel traffic volumes in the South Bronx , We Stay/Nos Quedamos came together to actively seek scientific evidence in support of their confrontation with environmental racism in the community. SBEHPS is a collabora-tive research project that involved the NYU School of Medicine’s Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine (NIEM), the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), and four community groups: We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc., The Point CDC, The Sports Foundation, Inc., and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Inc. Funded with a Congressional Appropriation sponsored by Congressman José E. Serrano and administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For a five year period, the group specifically studied linkages to personal exposure as they relate to the waste management facilities, and the regulatory and public policy issues that affect environmental decision-making.