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.


Case Studies

Healthy Babies Initiative RFP | Due May 20

We invite concise proposals from US cities to apply for a $20,000 grant for projects that equitably reduce air pollution, lead, or other neurotoxic exposures that harm children’s brain development, have resilience co-benefits, and leverage bipartisan infrastructure law (BIL) funds when possible.

Case Studies

Quantifying Impact in Providence, RI: Bright Cities Case Study

In tandem with community-led and citywide initiatives, Providence staff were determined to lead by example in city-owned schools and facilities. They embarked on an internal audit to determine what actions the city could take to reduce pollution and foster healthy green spaces.


Madison Combines Lead and Mold Abatement with Energy Efficiency Programs 

With funding support from Healthy Babies Bright Futures and the Mayors Innovation Project, the Madison team took their Energy Efficiency Navigator program one giant step forward by incorporating lead and mold abatement.

Lead Remediation: Cities Asked, We Answered 

This spring, 50% of the grant applications received were designed to address lead remediation. Funding was not available for all these worthy projects, but the need and interest were clear.

Partnering for a Virtual Climate & Toxics Training to Equip City Leaders

Register today for our free, virtual, self-paced, four hour training to help you crystalize your understanding of the connection between climate and the neurological health of the people in your communities.