Who is leading the way on environmental health solutions in your community?




Nominate an extraordinary New Yorker who is ensuring the health of our communities.  

From community gardeners to asthma specialists to policy advocates, New Yorkers are working every day to make our air, water, and soil healthier.  Our Crew at the Human Impacts Institute is looking for New York City-based environmental health leaders to participate in a six-month fellowship as part of our pilot program designed to showcase how community-based leadership and creativity are central to the health and wellbeing of our City.  


Our Brooklyn Environmental Health Lab (BEHL)  is experimenting with new ways to build resilience to environmental health threats, while more creatively connecting our communities to diverse pollution prevention tools. The two-year pilot brings NYC health experts together with local artists to create interactive exhibits throughout NYC, a series of virtual and in-person community workshops,  and free, public soil, air, and water testing via a mobile testing lab. 


Health and Climate Shaye Weldon and Daph


We will select ten Environmental Health Fellows, who show exemplary vision and dedication to reducing environmental pollution risks and helping mitigate existing impacts.  Our Fellows will receive many exciting benefits, including: 

  • International recognition as an environmental health leader

  • Six-months of creative, professional development support (April-Sept 2021)

  • One-week long training from The Moth on storytelling, including a community showcase

  • A citywide platform to share their knowledge and initiatives 

  • A network of diverse environmental health experts

  • Collaboration with an Impact Artist Fellow to creatively communicate work and impact

  • Highlighting work in a city-wide exhibit 

  • $500 stipend upon completion of the Fellowship


Environmental Health Fellows will be asked to participate in: 

  • Monthly, virtual networking meetings with Fellowship cohort

  • Weeklong storytelling training 

  • One public workshop on their expertise

  • One social media takeover day

  • Meetings with Impact Artist Fellow (timeline will be set together)


This is where we need your help. 

Who are our environmental health leaders that need to be heard and amplified? 

Brooklyn Bridge


The Human Impacts Institute inspires environmental action for social good through the arts and culture. 


The Moth Community Program provides the space, tools, and expertise for people to practice the art and craft of personal storytelling. Through workshops and performance opportunities, participants shape selected life experiences into well-crafted stories and share them with members of their communities and beyond.

The Urban Systems Lab is an interdisciplinary research, design and practice space at The New School that provides new insight into developing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities. The Lab’s work advances cutting edge science, data visualization, and computation to develop systemic solutions to social and environmental challenges driving inequity and injustice in urban areas.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn.

Thanks to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for supporting this program.