We believe people are experts about their environments and communities. As experts, they are uniquely positioned to help identify and tackle their community’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Too often, community members are left out of the most important conversations about how to improve their neighborhoods and protect the places they love. That’s why we work hand-in-hand with New England residents, organizations, universities, and public agencies. Together, we design and implement cutting-edge research projects that identify the most pressing problems impacting the environment, communities, and wellbeing. We collect information from people on the ground and combine it with big data, like hospital claims and credit scores, to understand what’s happening. Then we use what we’ve learned to design and test innovative, community-led solutions – from new investments in fresh food businesses to advocacy for anti-displacement policies.