Clean and Healthy New York Receives $100K Grant from NYS Health Foundation

Funds will support CHNY's work to protect New Yorkers from the health effects of toxic chemicals in products

(Albany, NY - January 21, 2018) Clean and Healthy New York, an Albany-based statewide environmental health advocacy organization , is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the New York Health Foundation and will be partnering with the foundation to protect New Yorkers from the health effects of toxic chemicals in 2018. 

New York State has a history of leadership in addressing toxic chemicals, dating back to the 1970s, when it protected waterways by restricting phosphorous in cleaning products. The State's leadership continued through the 1980s, with the creation of the NYS Superfund program to address toxic waste dumps, the 1990s, with the creation of regulations for lead poisoning prevention and control, and the 2000s, when the state restricted certain flame retardant chemicals, mercury, and bisphenol A, began  providing support to businesses through the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, and started "greening" state purchasing through  an Executive Order. In this past decade, as the state built on the recently- created  infrastructure, three counties - Albany, Suffolk, Westchester - took bold measures to remove heavy metals from products sold for children.


“Addressing the risks of toxic chemicals will protect the health of New Yorkers, and could have positive ripple effects across the nation,” said David Sandman, President & CEO of NYSHealth. “Clean and Healthy New York is the ideal partner to lead this work give their track record of conducting effective environmental health education and advocacy.”

"Clean and Healthy New York is honored to receive this grant from the NYS Health Foundation. It will help us build on New York's leadership, benchmark existing capacity in the state, and chart a blueprint for maximizing the state's potential. In this time of rollback after rollback in protections at the federal level, states like New York  must

play an increasingly vital role in ensuring environmental health protections," said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York. "We are especially grateful to partner with the NYS Health Foundation, as they are not just grantmakers, but changemakers that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. "


The NYS Health Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. 


Clean and Healthy New York ( has over a decade of success advocating for safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. We envision a time when all children will be born and reach their full potential, and companies will meet society’s needs, free from toxic chemicals. CHNY educates the public, businesses, policymakers and opinion leaders to make healthy choices and to drive market and policy changes. We engage companies to shift markets and propel chemical innovation. We advocate for policy improvement by federal, state, and local leaders.


The New York State Health Foundation ( seeks to improve the health of all New Yorkers. We are committed not only to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our grant dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs that work to improve the health system, serving as a convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.

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