Group urges a greener Newark

Group urges a greener Newark

Kim Gaddy, a West Ward resident and mother of three asth matic children, organized the UEI program using funds from the New Jersey Environmental Federation, Clean Water Fund and Quest Ink! Inc.

“After seeing some of the air quality studies that were coming out about the area, we just had to establish a leadership program to address these issues,” Gaddy said. “It’s just not right that our city is so polluted.”

Gaddy, an experienced lobbyist for the New Jersey Environmental Federation, wants to create the next generation of grassroots activists through the institute. The first class consists of 12 diverse Newark residents from all five wards, ranging from 19 to 35 years old.

UEI students claimed Newark is one of the most polluted cities in the nation and that one in four of its children suffer asthma or other respiratory illnesses — double the national average.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

1 thought on “Group urges a greener Newark”

  1. I’ve somewhat a bone to pick with this one…
    Newark being embedded in the Northeast industrial sector and so close to NYC means simply that pollution in Newark cannot be attributed to the city alone. Even if Newark went all green tomorrow, more would have to be done in the surrounding region to make any real impact.
    Harrison’s cleanup and development across the river is a good start, as was the site of the Jersey Gardens mall (which used to be a landfill)

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