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



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.


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. 


RFP Announcement: Scale Pilot Projects in Your City

Bright Cities is again thrilled to partner with the Mayors Innovation Project on a $10,000 RFP for US city leaders. The proposal deadline is May 3, 2021.

Children are at the Heart of Jackson, MS

Survey results show that 33% of mothers and guardians are not aware of how to protect their children from lead. So, One Voice launched community education events, including the retrofit of local childcare center with toxic-free training and new paint.

Using a Mobile Market to Bring Healthy Food & Prenatal Services to Families in Champaign IL

A Mobile Food Market program partnered to provide in-home support to expectant and current mothers and babies from low-income families as well as local and organic produce.