Alternatives for Community and Environment

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Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) is an environmental justice community organization based in Boston's Dudley Square. Founded in 1994,[1] ACE works to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. Its four core program areas are the Dudley Square Organizing Project (DSOP), Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP), T Riders Union (TRU), and Environmental Justice Legal Services (EJLS).


Some of ACE's notable accomplishments include the following:

  • In September 2009, youth members of REEP and TRU, in collaboration with the Youth Way on the MBTA, reached an agreement with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi to extend the hours for student passes and investigate the feasibility of an unrestricted youth pass.[2][3]
  • With partner organizations in the Green Justice Coalition, ACE and its Dudley Square Organizing Project helped ensure that environmental justice considerations were included in the landmark 2009 Massachusetts energy efficiency plan.[4]
  • ACE's Environmental Justice Legal Services represented Chelsea residents in a 2007 case that prevented the construction of a diesel-fueled power plant adjacent to an elementary school.[5]
  • In 1999, ACE worked with a number of governmental agencies to implement Airbeat, a real-time air pollution monitoring system.[6]


  1. ^ Downs, Timothy; Ross, Laurie; et al. (2010). "Participatory testing and reporting in an environmental-justice community of Worcester, Massachusetts: a pilot project". Environ Health. 9 (34): 34. PMC 2914716Freely accessible. PMID 20604953. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-9-34. 
  2. ^ Noah Bierman (9 September 2009). "T extends hours of student passes". Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Yawu Miller (24 September 2009). "MBTA researches youth T pass, extends student pass". Bay State Banner. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Amy Dean (13 September 2010). "Doing Green Jobs Right". The Nation. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Developer Pulls Plans for Chelsea Power Plant". Conservation Law Foundation. 14 November 2007. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Loh, Penn; Sugerman-Brozan, Jodi; Wiggins, Standrick; Noiles, David; Archibald, Cecilia (2002). "From Asthma to AirBeat: Community-Driven Monitoring of Fine Particles and Black Carbon in Roxbury, Massachusetts". Environ Health Perspect. 110 (Supp 2): 297–301. PMC 1241176Freely accessible. PMID 11929741. doi:10.1289/ehp.02110s2297. 

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