Communities for a Better Environment (Huntington Park, CA)


  • Name:Bill Gallegos
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Communities for a Better Environment
  • Address:6325 Pacific Blvd., Suite 300
    Huntington Park, CA 90255
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:323-826-9771 (109)
  • Main fax:323-588-7079

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  • Mission:
  • Communities for a Better Environment’s mission is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.

  • Overview:
  • Founded in 1978, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is a 501c3 organization that helps residents in industrialized areas to change the environmental policies and practices that put their health and well-being at risk. We organize among communities in Los Angeles county in Southern California and the East Bay Area in Northern California that are disproportionately impacted by the cumulative impacts of industrial pollution, poverty, unemployment, inadequate access to health care, and lack of green spaces.

    We use a triad model of organizing, science-based advocacy and legal intervention to achieve our goals. Through this model, CBE’s campaigns have changed practices at more than 225 industrial facilities, reducing millions of pounds of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions per year.

    CBE focuses its work in two areas: 1) Building Green Zones and Creating Community Resilience and 2) Climate Justice and Renewable Energy. The first area develops local land use policies and helps transform polluted neighborhoods into healthier spaces with parks and cleaner businesses. The second area takes advantage of unparalleled opportunities to bring about an energy infrastructure for California that can help generate green jobs and green businesses and be a model for other states. CBE's third program area is focused on leadership development and civic engagement of adult and youth residents in the communities where we organize.

    CBE provides our members with environmental education, training and active roles in our campaigns. We educate our members about their local environments and practical steps they can take to address environmental health issues such as reducing the use of hazardous chemicals, replacing them with safer alternatives, taking appropriate action to reduce acute exposure during industrial accidents, and organizing their communities to demand that local industries comply with the law. Our members also learn how environmental impacts are connected to other issues in their communities, such as lack of jobs and under-performing schools. Additionally, CBE trains residents in community-controlled air and water monitoring, soil testing, and other forms of community-based participatory research.

    The community members participating in these environmental leadership programs live in neighborhoods that are most vulnerable to health impacts from exposure to pollutants from oil drilling sites, refineries, waste processing facilities, chemical manufacturing operations, other stationary sources and mobile source corridors. These neighborhoods are predominantly low-income communities of color. Pollution causes significant health threats, including more premature and low birth weight babies, increased death from heart attacks and stroke, thicker arteries, and higher rates of lung cancer. The Los Angeles region has some of the highest levels of pollution in the country, linked to extremely high risks of cancer. There is an urgent need to educate these vulnerable communities about the pollution burden they face and to work together to reduce it as well as how to promote policies that promote sustainable, democratic and greener communities.

    This proposal will focus on CBE's Youth for Environmental Justice Program (Youth EJ) in Southern California.

  • History:
  • Working together, our community members are able to achieve incredible successes. As an example of CBE’s achievements, after a 10-year struggle, CBE members in Huntington Park succeeded in closing down and cleaning up a concrete recycling operation that emitted harmful fine particles that exacerbated asthma and other respiratory problems in local residents. The operation, next to a residential community, contained a three-story pile of concrete rubble that residents called “La Montaña.” CBE members, low-income Latino residents of Huntington Park, convinced the City Council and regulatory agencies to close down the operation and replace it with a park and a public school. On March 8, 2013, the public high school was named after Linda Marquez who was one of the most vocal and tireless community leaders that worked with CBE throughout the campaign to remove La Montaña.

    Other key accomplishments by CBE and our members include:

    • celebrating 15 years of Youth EJ in December 2012. An active and longtime member of this program, Olga M. (age 19), received the 2013 Women of Distinction Achievement in Environmental Protection award at California Assembly Member Anthony Rendon’s 1st Annual Women of Distinction Awards this spring.

    • convincing Caltrans and other funding partners for the I-710 Corridor Project (expansion of the Long Beach freeway) to recirculate the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement to include community proposed alternatives. This accomplishment was achieved through our participation in the Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice.

    • halting the construction of a planned crematorium in East Oakland that would have released mercury, dioxins, and other toxins into the surrounding residential and business communities.

    • halting the expansion of the Chevron refinery in Richmond and, by extension, its ability to process a dirtier crude oil that uses more energy and emits more toxins than regular crude.

    • stopping the development of the Vernon power plant thereby preventing over 1.7 million pounds of toxic pollution and 2.8 million tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the air every year.

    • achieving the nation’s most stringent regulations of “flaring,” or burning of excess gases by refineries, at both the Bay Area and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts, now a national working model that can be put in place at all refineries.

    • significantly strengthening the California South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Rule 1402 to reduce allowable cancer risks from air pollution by 75%.

  • Year established:1978
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:22


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-2998086

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  • EIN:942998086
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:6325 PACIFIC BLVD STE 300
  • Organization City:HUNTINGTON PK
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90255-4100
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1988
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):351
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C010
  • Asset Amount:$2,667,285
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,958,470
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,958,470
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:09:32 pm

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