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

Resources for Parents

Resources for Cities + Utilities


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How City Leaders Have Committed to Improving Children’s Health and Reducing Disparities

Bright Cities and the Mayors Innovation Project launched a RFP for city leaders in May. From a pool of cities of 7,000 to 1.7 million people, 10 winners were selected.
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RFP Announcement: Support Expectant Mothers & Babies in Your City Due June 1

Bright Cities is thrilled to partner with the Mayors Innovation Project on a small grant program ($5,000 -$10,000) open to US city leaders. Applications go to knspear@mayorsinnovation.org.
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Protecting Babies’ Brains at Municipal Child Care Facilities

Child care providers provide critical connective tissue for families and communities. While supporting immediate needs to address COVID-19, let's also embrace longer-term thinking to create a less toxic future with practical tips from the Children's Environmental Health Network.