Moms are working in New Jersey to fight for clean air and a stable climate. We host events, share information about what’s going on, and create opportunities for mothers to talk to their legislators about their concerns. Please join us in New Jersey, and let us know about your priorities.
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Here’s what we’ve been working on in the Garden State!
Mercury in School Flooring:
Working with Senator Cory Booker and the Healthy Schools Now Coalition, we are addressing an issue impacting school-aged children in NJ, and across the country. Phenylmercuric acetate has been found in rubberized flooring in schools across the country. PMA is a known carcinogen that releases the neurotoxin elemental mercury vapor into the air. (See the NJ WEC site for more info.)
June 17, 2019: National Field Manager Trisha Sheehan and her two sons testified before the Education Committee at the NJ State House in support of the The Education Temperature Control Bills (A665 and S2563). The bills require each board of education to adopt a policy establishing temperature control standards and guidelines for school district facilities.
June 17, 2019: The bill passed in both the House and Senate. Because mercury levels increase as temperatures increase, the bill helps to ensure children’s exposure to the mercury containing floors would be limited, as classrooms temperatures levels can exceed 80 degrees.
June 21 2019: Moms Clean Air Force, along with over 30 organizations and members of the Healthy Schools Now coalition, sent a letter to Senate President Sweeney to ask him to move the Senate version of the Education Temperature Control Bill to the floor for a vote. This bill would “require that corrective measures be addressed, where feasible, by action as outlined in the Indoor Air Quality Standard.”
July 1, 2019: The NJ Schools Development Authority (SDA) announced they would require additional certification to ensure no new floors that contain PMA will be installed in SDA districts in NJ. Right now, schools are not required to offer this certification.
Accordingly, Senator Booker sent a notice to the EPA, ATSDR, and Consumer Product Safety Commission requesting that these agencies work together to evaluate the risk from mercury exposure from PMA flooring, and if appropriate, adopt an official risk assessment model that can be used to evaluate indoor air contamination from PMA flooring nationwide.
Senator Booker also requested that agencies create and implement a plan to communicate the potential hazards of PMA floors to school districts and the general public about the danger from PMA floors, and to update their fact sheets and literature on mercury exposure to include these floors. The Senator also requested in his letter that these agencies publish guidance on best practices to properly address and mitigate the risk of mercury exposure from contaminated flooring and to investigate what can be done to prevent future mercury exposure from PMA floors or to reduce the use of mercury catalysts in flooring materials in the future.
Trisha Sheehan, National Field Manager and a NJ parent of a child who attends a school that contains PMA-contaminated floors, provided the following:
“Mercury is a potent neurotoxin and a toxic heavy metal. It is harmful to the developing brain and can interfere with normal brain development, reduce IQ, and cause learning and behavioral problems. Children are especially vulnerable to the health effects of mercury, and pregnant women can pass mercury through their placenta into the brains of their developing babies. New Jersey parents are deeply concerned that our schools and places of learning could be potentially poisoning our children. As a mom to a child who attends a school that has tainted mercury floors, I need answers about how to protect my son each day at school, and how to prevent other children from being exposed.”
Moms & Mayors:
Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities. We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community, and take action on climate change. We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.
Launched in September 2018, the Ecomadres program brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate, and toxics that affect the health of Latino children and families. Ecomadres is a collaboration between GreenLatinos and Moms Clean Air Force.
The program provides comadres with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. Our inclusive community empowers and lifts up the voices of comadres for the benefit of our families and communities. Ecomadres has a vibrant network of state-based field teams and allies across the country.
We host cafecitos around the country that provide opportunities for the communities to discuss air quality and climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force is committed to exposing environmental injustices in the African-American community by taking a stand against environmental discrimination, holding legislators accountable for lack of resources, educating communities on their rights and their issues, standing with impacted communities, and fighting for clean air and climate solutions to promote healthy children and healthy communities.
Through our environmental health justice program Community Rx, our goal is to advocate, educate, and amplify through partnering with impacted communities and environmental justice organizations on events and resource development. We hold Table Talks around the country, casual gatherings that organize, motivate, and activate volunteers, partner with churches to use our “Breath of Life” Bible Study, and provide information on environmental health issues in African-American communities.
Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message that every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.
We are leading in the transition to renewable energy.
In April, 2018, New Jersey passed two energy bills that put the state in line with climate leaders like New York and California. Assembly Bill 3723, which passed by a wide margin in the State Assembly and Senate, aims to move New Jersey to 35% renewable energy by 2025 and 50% by 2030, largely through expanding wind and solar.
Following these landmark bills, Governor Murphy signed an executive order in May 2018, to update the state’s Energy Master Plan to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050.
Hurricanes and sea level rise endanger our communities.
With 127 miles of coastline that are highly vulnerable to sea level rise, New Jersey families have seen first-hand how climate-fueled extreme weather events can hurt the health, safety, and economy of our state. Hurricane Sandy cost New Jersey over $30 billion in losses, destroyed or damaged more than 346,000 homes, and killed 12 people. We are also concerned about sea level rise in a coastal state that cherishes its beaches and thrives on beach-related tourism. Limiting the pollution that affects our weather and threatens our coastal resources is more important than ever.
Manufacturing puts our communities at risk.
As a manufacturing state, New Jersey is home to many chemical facilities that make our communities vulnerable to possible chemical disasters. Ninety New Jersey facilities, in 19 of the state’s 21 counties, still use hazardous chemicals that could pose a catastrophic risk to millions of New Jersey residents in the case of an accident or attack. As a result of this local threat, and because there is a need for families to speak up about these dangers, Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey joined the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Coalition to strengthen rules and regulations around chemical facilities. This group initiated a pilot in the New York-New Jersey area bringing together regional Federal employees and State and local agencies to develop solutions to safety and security challenges at chemical facilities. Through our work with this coalition, New Jersey Clean Air Moms have met with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and former EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus to make the case for strong regulations and highlight the need for safer technologies.
Our children breathe polluted air.
While New Jersey has significantly improved dangerous particle air pollution over the past few decades, our state still has a serious smog problem. Smog, or ground level ozone, irritates the lungs, triggers asthma attacks, interferes with normal lung development, and increases the risk of respiratory infections.
10 of 15 counties in New Jersey that monitor air pollution received an F grade for ozone air pollution due to their high number of code red and orange ozone air pollution days.
These days are particularly dangerous for the over 164,000 New Jersey children with asthma.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended and spoke at the Morristown Peoples Climate Movement event.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
National field manager, Trisha Sheehan testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing held in Charleston, WV.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey co-sponsored a webinar, “Our Homes, Our Votes: Voter Registration and Mobilization for Low-Income Voters”. The webinar covered the critical importance of helping low-income individuals register to vote, voter eligibility requirements, available voter registration resources, fitting voter registration into our regular work, specific voter registration activities, and voter mobilization efforts.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Echo Hill Environmental Center in Hunterdon County.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Resistance Town Hall with Rep. Frank Pallone and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at the Labor Education Center in New Brunswick.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Save the EPA: 7th District Forum on Trump’s Budget hosted by Food & Water Watch at the Borough of Somerville Library.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Food & Water Watch forum focused on protecting our health and environment and saving the EPA budget.
Moms Clean Air Force field manager, Trisha Sheehan spoke at a press conference attended by federal, state and local elected officials, New Jersey environmental leaders and concerned citizens at the base of a bridge destroyed by Superstorm Sandy to oppose proposed cuts to the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department that would cause deep and lasting harm to our water, air, and land. Speaking with one voice, lawmakers from both parties called on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to reject the FY18 budget unless it contains full and fair funding for the agencies that protect our health and environment.
Moms Clean Air Force super volunteer, Tammi Bathke presented on a panel discussion in Atlantic City on why we need offshore wind to protect the health of our children.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended a Community Townhall with Senator Booker and Congressman Norcross (CD-1).
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey exhibited at The 2017 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning held in Hunterdon County, NJ.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the Sustainable New Jersey Summit at The College of New Jersey.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Monmouth County Family Day.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted Advocacy 101: Learn how to create change at Cherry Hill Library.
Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Mama Summit in Trenton–parents, kids and concerned citizens from across the State united to ask our elected officials to protect our children from the effects of toxic air pollution.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey met with Congressman Norcross to discuss clean air and kids’ health.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Cherry Hill GreenFest.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey participated in the March for Science in Trenton.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Run for Clean Air in Philadelphia.
Moms Clean Air Force hosted a panel discussion for community members interested in learning about the Jersey Renews coalition. At the Kroc Center in Camden, more than 40 participants gathered to unite and demonstrate the depth of community leaders concerned about the public health impacts of climate change. Through the Jersey Renews coalition, Moms Clean Air Force has joined unions of university faculty, steelworkers, nurses and more than 40 other organizations representing community members, faith leaders and workers calling on New Jersey leaders to protect citizens from climate pollution. Event attendees learned about state-based solutions, including the expansion of New Jersey’s clean energy goals, and the importance of domestic sourcing, particularly for offshore wind. Speakers also addressed public health impacts, particularly for children, and articulated the moral argument for action on climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force field director, Gretchen Dahlkemper spoke at a press event with Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone in Edison, NJ about the impact of EPA budget cuts.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey field consultant, Kate and members attended a Townhall hosted by Congressman Donald Norcross.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a Senator Valentine’s writing gathering at Nesting House in Collingswood, NJ.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Camden Town Hall Meeting.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the Pinelands Commission pipeline vote at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Cherry Hill.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance Roundtable.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey joined Jersey Renews, a coalition of over 30 labor, faith, community, and environmental organizations that urging elected officials in New Jersey to act now on Climate Change.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Pinelands Commission meeting to voice public comment in opposition to the proposed South Jersey pipeline.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey field consultant, Kate Schumacher participated in the Women’s March on Washington.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey was represented at the Monday, September 26 presidential debate.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Healthy Schools Now Coalition Meeting in Trenton.
On May 13, Trisha Sheehan attended a petition delivery to the EPA for comments on the chemical facility safety and security docket. Moms Clean Air Force garnered 4116 petition signers.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Work Environment Council Best Practices Event, Building Community Partnerships for Success, at New Jersey Education Association.
Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In and Earth Day activities in Wenonah, NJ.
Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a press conference to highlight the findings of a study they participated in. The report is titled: Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the linings of Canned Food.
- NJ.com, Our children are being exposed to mercury in schools. We need to act.
- WOBM News, No easy way to tell if your kid’s gym floor is laced with mercury
- Office of Senator Cory Booker, Booker Calls for Investigation into Mercury Emissions from Synthetic Flooring
- New Jersey Record, NJ factories, refineries released 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into air and water
- Courier Post, NJ factories, refineries released 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into air and water
- My Central Jersey, NJ factories, refineries released 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into air and water
- E&E News, Booker backs Green New Deal while weighing White House run
- North Jersey, Trump administration may weaken clean air standards
- North Jersey, New Jersey’s air so bad that breathing it could be dangerous to your health
- WOWK 13 News, EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings End in WV
- South Jersey Magazine, Super Women
- Monarch Housing Associates, Join Monarch, NLIHC and League of Women Voters NJ for September 12 10 AM Voter Registration Webinar
- Insider NJ, Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Join NJ Enviro Groups to Demand Protection for EPA Funding
- NJTV News, Activists rally against EPA budget cuts
- Jersey Shore Online, Politicians, Environmentalists Rally Against EPA Cuts
- New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS JOIN NJ ENVIRO GROUPS TO DEMAND PROTECTION FOR EPA FUNDING
- NJ.com, Cuts to EPA budget are attack on N.J., environmental groups say
- Burlington County Times, My family isn’t taking a vacation from climate change action
- TAP Into, New Jersey Families Urge Legislators to Fight for State’s Children and a Clean, Safe Environment
- The Star-Ledger, N.J. moms: Don’t let Trump destroy N.J.’s air, water protections | Opinion
- My Central Jersey, Central Jersey Dems, enviros unite against Trump’s EPA, climate policies
- New Jersey Jewish News, Greenfaith creates coalition to promote healthy environment
- New Jersey Jewish News, Greenfaith creates coalition to promote health environment
- EnviroPolitics Blog, NJ labor, faith and green groups join for climate fight
- NJ Spotlight, NEW COALITION MELDS LABOR, FAITH, AND ‘GREEN’ GROUPS TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING
- Teaneck Suburbanite, Protect the Health of Children
- NJ Spotlight, OP-ED: WHAT I LEARNED BY LIVING THROUGH A TOXIC-CHEMICAL SPILL IN NEW JERSEY
- Press Release, Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says
- Philly.com, Mom’s Moment
- Courier-Post, Activists: Exxon settlement a ‘scam’
- Tap Into Verona and Cedar Grove, Verona Goes Greener
- NJ.com, Environmental groups protest ExxonMobil settlement deal
- Blue Jersey, Paulsboro’s Double Trouble
- North Jersey Media Group, Verona Green Fair details and participants for this weekend
- Philly.com, ‘Moms Clean Air Force’ Lands in Trenton to Spread Word About Kids and Pollution
- NJ Spotlight, ‘MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE’ LANDS IN TRENTON TO SPREAD WORD ABOUT KIDS AND POLLUTION
- Sustainable Cherry Hill, April Agent for Change: Trisha Sheehan
- Courier-Post, Gloucester County mother testifies on air quality issues
- E&E Publishing, Greenwire, Science, cost concerns are main focus at EPA hearings on ozone rule
- NJ Environment News, Report builds case for moving forward with off-shore wind
- Mindful Healthy Life, Moms keep up the fight against climate change and for clean air
- NJ Spotlight, STATE POLICY ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE PUTS RESIDENTS IN HARM’S WAY, REPORT SAYS
- WBGO News, GROUP WANTS PUBLIC ACCESS TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS
- NewsWorks, N.J. environmental group says many municipalities won’t allow review of emergency plans
- NJ.com, Letter: To stem effects of climate change, parties must collaborate
- KSJD Dry Land Radio, A Train Crash And A Health Tragedy
- NJ.com, Environmental advocates call on people to join in NYC climate march
- METRO.US, Photos: Philly delegation to ‘People’s Climate March’ hopes to change the future
- AlterNet, A Is for Activism: Why I Took My 10-Month-Old to the People’s Climate March
- The Republic, Environmental advocates urge Christie to rejoin greenhouse gas reduction initiative
- WRAL News, Environmental advocates urge state to rejoin RGGI
- San Antonio Express-News, Environmental advocates urge state to rejoin RGGI
- Daily Reporter, Environmental advocates urge Christie to rejoin greenhouse gas reduction initiative
- Courier-Post, Environmental advocates urge state to rejoin RGGI
- Environment America, Citizens Urge Governor Christie to Act on Climate
- NRDC Switchboard, Show Your Support for Keeping New Jersey in RGGI Today
- NJTV News, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams: Aug. 8, 2014
- NJ.com, Make clean water, air an N.J. priority: Letter
- NJ.com, New Jersey waterways flooded by millions of pounds of chemicals, report says
- Courier-Post, Paulsboro site among N.J’s worst water polluters
- New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, COMMUNITY, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND LABOR LEADERS URGE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PREVENT CHEMICAL DISASTERS AT NEWARK HEARING
- Asbury Park Press, Toxic gas release inspired NJ mom to become environmental activist
- Newark Public Radio, EPA HOLDS HEARING IN NEWARK TO PREVENT TOXIC CHEMICAL SPILLS