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.


How Salem MA Launched a “Food Farm” To Provide Thousands of Pounds of Organically Grown Food to Local Families

The Mack Park Food Farm replaced an unused baseball practice area at a city park in Salem, MA, and is a pragmatic model for other cities’ sustainable healthy food initiatives.

Minneapolis Donated 300 Bags of Healthy Baby Food to Local Organizations Thanks to Bright Cities Funding

Minneapolis’s Health Department donated baby food with lower levels of arsenic to families in neighborhoods that traditionally suffer from health and economic disparities.

How To Ensure Your WIC Program Supports Healthy Food Choices

The Oregon Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) became the first WIC Program in the US to remove arsenic-containing infant rice cereal from its list of approved products to purchase with the WIC food benefit.