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Neighborhood Leadership For Environmental Health (NLEH)


NLEH is a partnership of Environmental Health Watch, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and Earth Day Coalition. In four Cleveland neighborhoods, Central, Fairfax, Mt. Pleasant and Woodland communities, NLEH is working with residents and community organizations to:
1) learn about their environmental health concerns
2) educate them about available data
3) help communities prioritize issues to work on, and,
4) advocate for resources and government and corporate action to tackle those priorities.

Cleveland - EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Project

The NLEH is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency's CARE Project. CARE is an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them. EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)

Partner Links
Environmental Health Watch
Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Neighborhood Audit Profile (NAP)
The Neighborhood Audit Profile addresses community attributes, which can be indicators of good and poor environmental health, and quality-of-life attributes. A generic profile of each neighborhood attributes and the replicability of the research protocols make the NAP widely applicable to all neighborhoods in Cleveland. Neighborhood attributes can be indicators of good environmental quality, such as parks, or indicators of poor environmental quality, such as contaminated land. Also included are quality-of-life attributes, such as locations of schools and recreation centers. Basic information is also included on the Internet, units of measurement, history and demographics of each neighborhood.

Click on the neighborhood to begin:Central, Fairfax, Mount Pleasant or Woodland.

Foreclosures are a problem all over the country and the city of Cleveland has tens of thousands of abandoned homes. There are approximately 3.300 acres of vacant land within city limits and an estimated 15,000 vacant buildings. The city demolishes over 1.000 vacant houses per year. The city and local organizations are working to develop short-term holding strategies and long-term re-use programs. Click here to view a map of vacant parcels (from NEO-CANDO 2008) and a map of foreclosures (From CWRU Mandel Center).

Click below to access maps showing vacant Land Bank parcels in the Central, Fairfax, Woodland and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods.You can access the City Planning Commission's interactive map here to get information on zoning, land use (Land Bank) and the census.

The city of Cleveland has a vibrant Land Bank program. Click here to see a list of buildable and non-buildable parcels by neighborhood.

Click here for information on the Re-Imagining Cleveland project and information from Neighborhood Progress.

USA TODAY issued a report called “Toxic Air and America's Schools.” USA TODAY used an EPA model to track the path of industrial pollution and mapped the locations of almost 128,000 schools to determine the levels of toxic chemicals outside. The potential problems that emerged were ‘widespread, insidious and largely unaddressed.’ The Environmental Protection Agency has an initiative to further assess outdoor air near many schools across the country.

Click here to see a map of USA TODAYs school analysis for the Central, Fairfax, Woodland and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. If you don't see a school that you want to check click here to download a list of Cleveland schools mentioned in the USA TODAY report.