The South Ward Environmental Alliance (SWEA), is an alliance of residents and community based organizations with a focus on environmental justice issues in the South Ward of Newark, New Jersey. SWEA's mission is to cultivate healthy and vibrant neighborhoods by ensuring residents' voices are heard and they are active participants in decision making policies that impact their neighborhood. South Ward Environmental Alliance will cultivate residents to be: Informed, Empowered and Engaged on key environmental issues that impact their health and quality of life. Community partners in a community based participatory research decision making process. Environmental Justice advocates.
Why the South Ward Environmental Alliance?
The South Ward Environmental Alliance (SWEA) is an alliance of residents and community based organizations whose mission is to create healthy and vibrant neighborhoods by ensuring residents’ voices are heard and are active participants in decision making regarding policies that impact their neighborhood. Even before we created SWEA, our leaders were part of a growing movement for health equity in front-line communities and understood the importance that everyone regardless of race, neighborhood or financial status deserves access to a healthy community to live in.