|THE ENVIRONMENTAL RELIEF CENTER
Support and Advocacy for the Grass Roots
" Walking Down Hope Street "
| THE MEANING OF GRASS ROOTS
Grassroots (Colloq.) Close to, or emerging
spontaneously from, the people. . . .
. Webster's Dictionary
W A L K I N G D O W N H O P E S T R E E T
The Environmental Relief Center, a non-profit, private foundation, is an advocacy organization (dedicated to
a broad range of concerns) which views environmental health and public health as a continuum with a
singular vision. Our mission is to provide support, advocacy, and funding to community groups wherever
environmental or public health concerns have united local interest.
Our organization views the earth as a global community where sustainability and public health begin
with individual and civic commitment which extends across borders through educational exchange and
shared responsibilities -- gaining recognition and national support through Executive and Congressional
We encourage the open forum process where cooperative dialogue and transparency of purpose helps to
formulate local, or regional policy decisions. We encourage residents and stake-holders to increase their
participation in neighborhood councils, community forums, and other local decision-making processes.
Among other civic activities, The Environmental Relief Center supports town-hall meetings to encourage
and integrate information exchange among government agencies, environmental research, health
science institutes, business interests, and local communities.
During the past decade, the number of degraded and vanishing eco-systems has steadily increased due to
conflicts of interest and jurisdictional delays in the restoration and preservation of natural areas. Studies of
the toxic effects of industrial pollution upon the nation's local communities are now revealing the irreversible
health impacts and often fatal consequences of reckless planning decisions, archaic laws, and the lack of
funding for regulatory enforcement.
The Environmental Relief Center is an activity-oriented organization, offering support for the environmental
and health concerns of diverse communities through a number of Benefits and Service. Our "Growing
Green Together" nature walks, study groups, community outreach and Awards Programs will help to increase
environmental awareness and the understanding of Earth's fragile and endangered eco-systems.
Eco-Voices, a developing project of The Environmental Relief Center, will enlist the talent of creative artists
in promoting the environmental sciences and sustainability through documentaries and informative public
Our mission embraces a new and dynamic shift toward personal commitment and the advancement of public
health, sustainable cities, the conservation of open space, and restoration of degraded areas. We urge all
who share our concerns to work within their communities as leaders and advocates for the protection of
natural resources and public health. If you would like to participate as an advocate with our group, we
invite your participation; or if you believe our advocacy programs may be of help to you in your community,
please call the number below for additional information regarding our services and support.