Kim Gaddy

Environmental Justice Champion

When Kim’s daughter and oldest son were diagnosed with asthma she realized something had to be done. She started to think about how many family members developed asthma as adults or died of asthma and heart attacks. Kim realized that air pollution in Newark was disproportionately impacting the health of people of color and low income residents. She is the voice of the voiceless and advocates for clean air, safe and affordable drinking water in our schools and homes. She championed the importance of an Environmental Commission, as well as, passage of the first Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance in the nation. She has made environmental justice a priority in the State of New Jersey and prepares the next generation of environmental Justice leaders through an Urban Environmental Institute Leadership program.


Environmental justice for my children
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