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History
Accomplishments

Clean and Healthy New York was founded in 2006 as Clean New York, a partnership of two seasoned environmental health advocates.  Tempered by the fight to ensure toxic waste sites were cleaned up, Kathy Curtis and Bobbi Chase Wilding saw a need to "turn off the tap" on toxic chemicals, to prevent the creation of new toxic waste sites, and to stop human contamination with toxic chemicals from their jobs, and from products in their daily lives. 

 

In 2010, the organization was formalized with the creation of Clean and Healthy New York, Inc., with its own independent tax-exempt status.  In 2012, we secured a grant from the U.S. EPA to train child care providers to identify and avoid toxic products.  In 2013, we launched the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign, and started our community outreach program in the Capital Region. In 2015, we and our allies won bans on toxic chemicals in children's products in Albany, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.

Clean and Healthy New York and our allies have made significant strides in New York State public policy.  Because of our efforts, New York:

  • Was the first state to restrict Tris - a flame retardant chemical

  • Banned BPA in children's reusable drink containers, following four similar county-level bans

  • Banned another chlorinated Tris - TDCPP - in children's products.

  • Created and has continued funding for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

  • Requires eletronics manufacturers to take back and responsibly recycle computers and other devices for free when people are done with them - one of the strongest such laws in the nation.

  • Enacted a Mercury Thermostat Collection law to keep mercury out of landfills and waterways - and therefore fish and wildlife, and us.

  • Increased hazardous waste generation fees to increase market pressure for increased sustainability efforts.

  • Restricted pesticide use on playgrounds.

  • Requires nail salon workers access to protective gear including masks and gloves to protect them from toxic chemicals on the job.

 

In addition, we:

  • Passed Toxic-Free Toys laws in Albany, Suffolk, and Westchester counties, prompting Rockland county to follow suit.

  • Launched the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign, aimed at getting leading baby product retailers Babies"R"Us and BuyBuyBaby to set limits on toxic chemicals in products they sell.

  • Through the Getting Ready for Baby campaign, got BuyBuy Baby and parent company Bed Bath & Beyond to issue a "Restricted Substances List" and ask vendors to assess the list and act to remove those chemicals, while remaining careful that alternative chemicals are not as or more toxic.

  • Secured NYS Assembly passage of the Child Safe Products Act four years in a row with overwhelming bipartisan support

  • Got two thirds of the NYS Senate to support a Child Safe Products Act.

  • Had Governor Cuomo include the Child Safe Products Act in his 2015 Opportunity Agenda.

  • Hosted three Workshops on Women's Health and the Environment in 2010 and 2012.  Watch videos from the 2012 conference on our YouTube channel.

  • In 2011, hosted Healthy Economy & Environment: a 2-day conference showcasing New York-based efforts to build a sustainable, robust economy. Watch videos here, and see the powerpoints here.

  • Authored the widely-viewed report, The Mattress Matters: Protecting Babies While They Sleep and its follow up, Flame Retardants Finally Fade (both are PDFs).

 
Financial Information

 

Clean and Healthy New York is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizaton. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. CHNY is registered as a charity with New York State. You can view our 2015 IRS 990 here. (PDF)

Our Strategic Plan
CHNY 2014 Annual Report

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