- Cancer Free Economy Network – $188,125
Cancer Free Economy Network’s Guiding Star Goal: Within a generation, we will lift the human burden of cancers and other diseases by driving a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances to safe and healthy alternatives.
Project Leads: Center for Environmental Health, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Clean Production Action, The Forbes Funds, The Labor Institute.
All projects are collaborative and involve multiple network members that may receive sub-grants via the project lead.
This grant will support the following set of projects, which CFEN leaders have identified as strategically viable to make progress toward the guiding star goal of the Network.
Building Champions – project lead Children’s Environmental Health Network: Mobilizing health and cancer-focused leaders, scientists/researchers, and constituencies to recognize and act on connections between environmental exposures and cancer, with a particular focus on those disproportionately exposed.
Advancing the Cancer Prevention Research Agenda – project lead Children’s Environmental Health Network: Strengthening and increasing the visibility of scientific evidence on links between toxic chemicals and cancer, aimed at cancer-focused researchers, to increase their knowledge and action.
Evaluating, updating and delivering the “Chemicals, Cancer and the Economy” Training – project lead The Labor Institute: Assessing and updating CFEN’s flagship training program which focuses on raising awareness around the risks of exposure to toxic chemicals and empowering participants to collectively take protective action.
Implementing the “Safe & Just Cleaners” Project – project lead The Labor Institute: Engaging CFE working groups to develop and implement an action agenda based on the findings of a five-year study on the impact of chemical exposures and other working conditions on the health of Latinx domestic cleaners in New York City.
Developing Guidance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – project lead The Forbes Funds: Using Pittsburgh as a place-based model, Forbes will document national and local best practices in, and develop a toolkit to guide municipal level action on toxic chemicals using the SDG framework.
PFAS Action Agenda – project lead Clean Production Action: Advancing CFE’s Action Agenda to eliminate PFAS chemicals, with a focus on growing both the demand for and supply of safer alternatives to PFAS in food service ware/packaging, firefighting foam, and furniture/fabrics, and supporting legislative and market campaigns to ban PFAS.
Policy and Legal Strategies – project lead Center for Environmental Health: Advancing the policies promoted in ‘A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration’ and specific work to support communities facing cumulative impacts from multiple toxic exposures.