breathe project

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MISSION: Breathe Project is a clearinghouse for information on air quality in Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. We use the best available science and technology to better understand the quality of the air we breathe and provide opportunities for citizens to engage and take action.

ABOUT THE BREATHE COLLABORATIVE

The Breathe Collaborative is a coalition of citizens, environmental advocates, public health professionals and academics working to improve air quality, eliminate climate pollution and make our region a healthy and prosperous place to live. The Collaborative powers the Breathe Project through science-based work and a community outreach platform.

BREATHE COLLABORATIVE MEMBERS INCLUDE:

Allegheny County Clean Air Now

ACCAN was founded in 2014 to give voice to the residents living downwind from the DTE Energy’s Shenango Coke Plant on Neville Island and raise awareness of the impact of the plant’s toxic pollution. Since Shenango shutdown in January 2016, ACCAN has focused on turning the plant site into a solar farm and supporting other communities in their fight for better air quality and improved health outcomes.

American Lung Association in Pennsylvania

The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease
through research, education and advocacy. The work of the ALA in Pennsylvania is focused on four
strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of
lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related
diseases.

Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we seek to inform the citizens of Western Pennsylvania, specifically those
in Beaver County, about Marcellus Shale gas drilling, and to protect our natural environment by
promoting and supporting sustainable energy alternatives to carbon-based energy sources.

Blue Lens

Presents the work of Mark Dixon, Pittsburgh-based environmentalist, filmmaker, videographer,
photographer, media consultant and public speaker.

Carnegie Mellon University Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS)

We strive to be world leaders in science, engineering and policy covering the full role of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere.

Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATELab) explores socially meaningful innovation through robotic technologies that empower a technologically fluent generation and educate citizens and scientists through affordable environmental sensing and documentation instruments, powerful visualization platforms and evidenced-based scientific data.

Center for Coalfield Justice

We fight for coalfield communities through advocacy, education and organizing.

Center for Healthy Environments & Communities (CHEC), University of Pittsburgh

Our mission is to improve environmental health in Western Pennsylvania through community-based
research to analyze the social, economic, political, policy, behavioral and geographical variables
associated with environmental health issues, as well as the traditional physical-chemical aspects of
local environmental health problems

Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative

A research lab at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society comprised of faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers and community partners committed to working together to make sense of complex environmental issues through an understanding resource extraction, energy infrastructure and implications for human and environmental health. Through these collaborations, we explore how communities can engage with science and policy to shape a more just and equitable environmental future.

Clean Air Council

A member-supported environmental organization serving the Mid-Atlantic Region since 1967.
The Council is dedicated to protecting and defending everyone’s right to breathe clean air and uses
public education, community action, government oversight and enforcement of environmental laws to advocate for healthy air.

Clean Air Task Force

Clean Air Task Force is a nonprofit environmental organization with offices across the U.S. CATF works to help safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership and partnership with the private sector.

Clean Water Action

Founded during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table.

Climate Reality Pittsburgh & SWPA

Climate Reality Pittsburgh & SWPA is a community of concerned Southwestern Pennsylvania citizens and neighbors who are addressing the climate crisis in our region, challenging sources of climate change pollution and supporting efforts for a renewable energy future.

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

We work to empower all people to become philanthropists who have a permanent impact and leave a lasting legacy in our region. We envision an inclusive and engaged culture of philanthropy that grows an abundance of resources, achieving perpetual impact on a thriving region.

Environmental Health Project, Southwest Pennsylvania

A nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development.

Environmental Integrity Project

A nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws. It is comprised of former EPA enforcement attorneys, public interest lawyers, analysts, investigators and community organizers working with local citizens.

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services

Provides environmental legal services on a sliding scale for clients in the Appalachian basin.

Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

FracTracker Alliance

A leading resource on oil and gas issues and trusted asset to the concerned public. Fractracker studies, maps and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation.

Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)

Works to improve air quality to protect human, environmental and economic health in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  They accomplish this through education, advocacy, policy-making and legal work.

Lawrenceville Clean Air Now

Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN) is a community of people who live and work in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Through community education and organizing, we aim to mobilize support for efforts to address local and county air pollution and protect public health.

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts

Uses rigorous science and innovative strategies to develop practical solutions that promote environmentally sound systems of production and consumption.

Mountain Watershed Association

We work for the water and for people. We pursue on-the-ground restoration of past damage while also advocating on local, regional and national issues that impact our watershed.

Nine Mile Watershed Association

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association restores and protects its watershed ecosystem, while working regionally to support and implement resilient solutions for a healthy urban environment.

Northside Leadership Conference

The Northside Leadership Conference is a coalition of Northside community-based organizations, committed to addressing mutual concerns through a united approach in order to promote and enhance the vitality, quality of life and image of Pittsburgh’s Northside.

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization that believes there’s something special about Pennsylvania worth protecting and preserving for future generations.

PennFuture

Serves as Pennsylvania’s watchdog for clean air, pure water and a healthy climate. The statewide nonprofit is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues.

Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania

PSR mobilizes physicians and health professionals to contribute public health solutions for climate change and nuclear weapons abolition.

Protect PT

A grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that the safety, security and quality of life of residents in Penn-Trafford and surrounding communities are protected from the harmful effects of unconventional natural gas development in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties. Started in 2014, Protect PT strives to protect the constitutional rights of residents in our community in the wake of gas development using education, empowerment and engagement.

ROCIS (Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces)

We work to reduce the impact of exterior environmental pollution in southwestern Pennsylvania and to create healthy and energy efficient indoor environments where we live, work and learn.

Sierra Club Pennsylvania

We are the only member-led statewide environmental organization in Pennsylvania and we believe our open spaces, clean water and natural resources should be protected so that current and future generations may enjoy them.

Sustainability Pioneers

Sustainability Pioneers is a web-based short video documentary series by Kirsi Jansa that showcases the new reality that is emerging as a response to climate change and highlights people and communities in the U.S. and in Europe taking bold steps to address climate crisis and lay a trail towards a more livable planet.

The Heinz Endowments

Based in Pittsburgh, where we use our region as a laboratory the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Although the majority of our giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, we work wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill our mission. That mission is to help our region become a just and equitable community in which all of its citizens thrive economically, ecologically, educationally, socially and culturally. We also seek to advance knowledge and practice in the field of philanthropy through strategies that focus on our priorities of Creativity, Learning and Sustainability.

Thomas Merton Center EcoJustice Working Group

Holding, participating and encouraging actions in defense of life on Earth.

UrbanKind Institute

To advance policies, practices, and programs that are kind to urban people and environments.

Women for a Healthy Environment

Educates and empowers community members to act as ambassadors about environmental risks so that they can make healthy choices and advocate for change for a better tomorrow for all. At the core of WHE’s work is protecting children from harmful exposures in the environment and creating healthy places for them to live, learn and play.