What We Need
- A high-resolution digital version of an illustration that can be used across multiple channels (web, print, and/or merchandising)
Our organization is looking for a visual rendering of our vision for development along the Niagara River in a former industrial area. Our membership team has a vision for a waterfront that is inclusive, safe, affordable and accessible. We need base illustration images of the site as is and how we imagine for future use at community planning and engagement events as part of a larger campaign for environmental justice
What We Have In Place
- We currently have a vision for the site and copies of printed notes and maps, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have lots of energy to collaborate, background information,, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $4,212 , allowing us to hold community planning sessions, go up against corporate developers who don't care about our health and future, build our members leadership skills & dignity in environmental justice communities
The former Huntley NRG coal fired power plant in the working class town of Tonawanda NY is sitting empty along the Niagara River. We need to ensure that hazardous waste sites like Huntley are properly cleaned up and brought to the community's vision. We believe in a Just Transition where everyone has a seat at the table. This illustration will be critical for our future work of engaging community members in the planning and power building for a community centered waterfront in our town.
About The Org
The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
The Clean Air Coalition builds power by developing grassroots leaders to win campaigns that advance environmental justice and public health in Western New York.
What We Do
The Clean Air Coalition was founded by Western New York residents concerned about the environmental health in their neighborhoods and who demanded an active role in the the decisions that impact their communities.
Clean Air's initial campaign and victories were in Tonawanda -- including a direct-action campaign to hold Tonawanda Coke responsible for the environmental and human toll its practices imposed on the community.
Today, Clean Air organizes multiple Western New York communities around environmental health and justice issues.
Clean Air makes this region a healthier and greener place to live by developing grassroots leadership particularly among working class people and people of color, facilitating and supporting campaigns that their members lead, building and aligning shared interest to advance equity and community well-being, and by taking collective action.
Clean Air bases its organizing in neighborhoods, addressing tangible, on-the-ground conditions that impact people's lives. The shifts that take place because of resident organizing and leadership, and the issues and campaigns they take on create the conditions and the constituency for widespread systemic change.
In this way, Clean Air's work for environmental justice extends far beyond what have traditionally been considered "environmental" issues. The Principles of Environmental Justice include important markers for Clean Air's mission that expand upon the natural environment to encompass political, social, and economic factors and structures that impact people's lives and well-being. Among others, these principles include "that public policy be based on mutual respect and justice for all peoples, free from any form of discrimination or bias"; "the education of present and future generations which emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives"; and "the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and unemployment".
Though Clean Air undertakes many activities and is involved in multiple campaigns with many partners, the organization's method of working is built around core strategies that not only move the mission forward, but set an example of the of the kind of organizational and institutional model we wish to see in the world.