Who are we?


The South Ward Environmental Alliance (SWEA) was founded in 2015, by Kim Gaddy, a mother of three asthmatic children with 20 years experience as an Environmental Justice Organizer fighting against air and water pollution in her frontline community of Newark. The South Ward neighborhood is disproportionately burdened with cumulative impacts of pollution impacting the health and quality of life of the residents.


Air Quality

The South Ward of Newark is negatively impacted by the diesel pollution from the Port of NY/NJ. The South Ward is the backyard of the third-largest port with 20,000 trucks trips per day and 4,500 of them stay on the local roads of the South Ward, this is an environmental health injustice. 

Book Scholarship

As an alumni of Science Park High School, this book scholarship recognizes students who understand the importance of hard work and dedication.

Entrepreneur Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes business owners who understand the importance of innovation and vision.

SWEA in Action

SWEA in Action

Amazon x EWR Press Conference

Kim Gaddy, 2021 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree

Kim Gaddy Accepting the NJ DEP Richard J. Sullivan Award

Governor Murphy Announces Support for Key Environmental Justice Legislation

Meet The Team

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Kim Gaddy

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Asada Rashidi

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Assisting with special projects, supporting staff and facilitating communications with alliance members and the South Ward community.


Frankie Walls

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Facilitating environmental leadership programs to engage the next generation of environmental leaders  in the South Ward.

Building strategic relationships in the Dayton Street, Clinton Hill and Weequahic neighborhoods of the South Ward to cultivate a healthy, vibrant and sustainable South Ward.