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

Ann Arbor, MI

Duluth, MN

Grand Rapids, MI

Missoula, MT

Norman, OK

Phoenix, AZ

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

San Rafael, CA

Scranton, PA

Seattle, WA


Data & Research

2021 Report

Another year unlike any other year. Here we are: surrounded by climate, political, and pandemic chaos and ongoing systemic racism, yet still doing our vital work to lower the levels and disproportionate impact from toxic chemicals.

Case Studies

Bright Cities Case Study: Salem, MA

Here are three keys to how Salem, MA launched an organic Food Farm to provide thousands of pounds of organically grown food to local families.

Case Studies

Bright Cities Case Study: Missoula, MT

The Missoula Parks & Recreation Department’s tips for using environmentally preferable turf management methods and transitioning to 100% chemical–free turf management.


Celebrating 5 Bright Cities Initiatives from 2021

Over the past year, all of our nearly 30 Bright Cities have worked to lessen the harm of neurotoxic chemicals for little ones and their families. In 2021, Bright Cities received $95,000 in grant funding from Healthy Babies Bright Futures, and we’re highlighting five of their incredible results. 

Tree Planting in Ann Arbor to Better Children’s Health through Air Quality Improvements

Ann Arbor will continue to sponsor tree planting events to provide environmental and health benefits (e.g., reduced neurotoxic exposure, green stormwater infrastructure, etc.) in neighborhoods where these benefits are needed most.

Food Equity Advisors in Salt Lake City Built Community-Centered Solutions to Increase Healthy Food Access

The goal was to create an equitable community food system that increases access to healthy, organic foods in underserved communities...and it's happening.