Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice

The Love Canal Story of Leadership

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Lois Gibbs has been a leader in the grassroots environmental health movement for the last 35 years. Since organizing the Love Canal Homeowners Association in Niagara Falls, New York (where she lived) in the late 1970’s, Gibbs’ work has led to substantial policy changes at the local, state and national level, including driving President Carter’s decision to move families out of dangerous areas in Love Canal. In 1981 she created the Center for Health, Environment and Justice which has helped over 11,000 groups with organizing, technical and general information nationwide. In 2003 Lois was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, she serves as Executive Director and speaks with communities nationwide and internationally about toxic chemicals and children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures. She has been awarded the Heinz Award, the John Gardner Leadership Award from the Independent Sector, and she holds a several honorary PhDs.