A Bright City works to lessen the harm of neurotoxic chemicals in ways that are tailored for each community. Benefits to being a Bright City extend beyond reducing neurotoxic exposures. Being a Bright City elicits positive responses from city residents. It provides an opportunity to leverage national funding and set the stage for sustainable equitable change. And it provides a fresh opportunity for cities to ensure that all babies have equitable, just and healthy environments.

  • Public Health. Increasing screening of blood lead levels in pregnant women and infants or bolstering policies to reduce exposures to mercury and PCBs in locally caught fish and shellfish.
  • Air & Water Quality. Reducing emissions through no-idle policies, reducing lead, arsenic and perchlorate levels in drinking water or replacing lead service lines in water distribution systems.
  • Built Environment, Housing & Facilities. Restricting the use of toxic pesticides on lawns, parks and pets, implementing pest management in public buildings and housing, replacing lead painted windows.
  • Early Childhood Education. Helping child care facilities avoid products containing mercury, flame retardants, pesticides, phthalates, lead and arsenic; and setting performance measures to track reductions in exposures to these chemicals.
  • Food. Testing soil in community gardens and playgrounds and remediating as needed; promoting breastfeeding; and increasing access to food grown without harmful pesticides.

Bright Cities in Action

Boulder, CO

Champaign, IL

Cleveland, OH

Lynn, MA

Missoula, MT

Norman, OK

Phoenix, AZ

Salem, MA

San Francisco, CA

Scranton, PA

Seattle, WA

Wilkinsburg, PA


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Sustainable Procurement Policies Roadmap

The Ecology Center and Safer States developed a roadmap to help develop sustainable procurement policies for your community. The roadmap consists of four steps that will lead to cleaner, safer environments.

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Chemical-Free Turf Guidance

This guide provides all the information you need to create organic lawns safe for children, pets and the environment. But it requires thinking differently. Instead of reaching for a product, focus on building living soil, which will grow strong, healthy drought- and disease-resistant grass. 

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Social Media Toolkit

Our Bright Cities do amazing work — but sometimes, it’s challenging to share your accomplishments with the public. Here is everything you need to know about successfully promoting your work on social media channels.


Lynn MA Expands its Farmers Market to Provide Fresh Produce to Vulnerable Residents

Residents and leaders in Lynn, MA, are working together to address food insecurity by bolstering its Farmers Market and services to aid pregnant women and young children.

First Year Cleveland Works with Community Members to Reduce Toxic Lead and Tobacco Smoke Exposures

Bright City Cleveland is focusing on three actions to help reduce lead and tobacco exposures — because 2020 reconfirmed and accelerated their laser focus on equity and health.

San Francisco Replaces Toxic Nap Mats In City’s Most Vulnerable Childcare Centers

To keep kids healthy, the City of San Francisco took a hands-on approach to reducing exposure to flame retardants in child care centers and family homes that serve the most vulnerable children.