Advisory Committee

Lois GibbsLois Gibbs – In the spring of 1978, Lois Marie Gibbs discovered that her child was attending an elementary school built on top of a 20,000-ton toxic-chemical dump in Niagara Falls, New York. Desperate to do something about it, she organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association. In 1981, Lois created the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, an organization that has assisted over 11,000 grassroots groups with organizing, technical, and general information nationwide. Today, Lois serves as Executive Director and speaks with communities nationwide and internationally about toxic chemicals and children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures.

Natalie MerchantNatalie Merchant – Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.  In 1994, Natalie Merchant began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, Tigerlily (1995). In the years following, she released Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999) and Motherland (2001) followed by an album of American and British folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, on her own label, Myth America Records.

Merchant has collaborated both on stage and in the studio with a wide range of artists including Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, REM, Daniel Lanois, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tracy Chapman, Dan Zanes, Billy Bragg and Wilco. Throughout her career, Merchant has also been dedicated to supporting a variety of non-profit organizations by lending financial support and raising public awareness. Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Tibet House, Greenpeace, The Southern Center for Human Rights and Planned Parenthood are among the social justice groups to which she has been devoted. Merchant has also served as an appointed member of the prestigious New York State Council on the Arts (2007-2011).

Mark Ruffalo – Mark Ruffalo is an Oscar-nominated actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the award winning film “The Kids Are All Right”. This spring he starred as Bruce Banner, The Hulk in the blockbuster hit THE AVENGERS. He portrayed Stan in ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, Inspector David Toschi in the 2007 film ZODIAC and US Marshall Chuck Aule in SHUTTER ISLAND.

He is also an advocate of addressing climate change and renewable energy. In March 2011, Mark co-founded Water Defense to raise awareness about energy extraction impact on water and the public health. A regular contributor to the Guardian and the Huffington Post, Mark is a recent recipient of the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. He was named one of Time Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” in 2011.

Sandra SteingraberSandra Steingraber – Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.

Coalition Members


Advocates for Morris

The Alchemical Nursery

Alfred Water Striders

Alliance for a Green Economy

All Saints Episcopal Church

Andes Works!


Athens County (OH) Fracking Action Network

Back to Democracy

Baldwin Oaks Civic Association

Ban Fracking Now

Barnard Columbia Divest for Climate Justice

Bay Ridge Peace Action

Beacon Climate Action

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Big Water NY

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Breast Cancer Options

Brewery Ommegang

Broadway Democrats

Brooklyn Food Coalition

Brooklyn For Peace

BUILD of Buffalo

Capital District Against Fracking

The Carbon Squeeze

Cattaraugus-Chautauqua for Clean Water

Catskill Mountainkeeper

Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Health, Environment, and Justice

Center for Sustainable Rural Communities

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats

Chefs for the Marcellus

Citizen Action of New York

Citizens Alliance for a Pristine Perinton

Citizens Environmental Coalition

City of Binghamton Against Fracking (COBAF)


Clean and Healthy New York

Coalition for One Voice

Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals

Colden Well Being

Colgate Green Thumbs

Communications Workers of America Local 1104

Communications Workers of America Local 1180

Community Free Democrats

Concerned Burlington Neighbors

Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County

Concerned Citizens of Covert

Concerned Citizens of Montauk

Concerned Citizens of Rural Broome

Concerned Citizens Group Town of Oneonta

Concerned Residents of Oxford

Concerned Worcester Citizens-NY

Congregation of Saint Saviour Environmental Task Force

CREDO Action

Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition

CWA District One Healthcare Coordinating Council

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

Davenport Concerned Citizens

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Democracy for America

Democracy for NYC

Democracy Matters

Democratic Organization of the County of Richmond

Dutchess Peace

Ecosocialist Horizons

Elmirans and Friends Against Fracking

Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water

Environmental Activism Club – SUNY Oneonta

Environment and Human Rights Advisory

Environment New York

Envision Valley Stream

Esopus Creek Conservancy

Faith Communities Together (FaCT) for frac Awareness

Fingerlakes Clean Waters Initiative

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute

First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown


Flow New York

Food & Water Watch

Food Sustainability Club – Brooklyn College

Forecast the Facts

Fovea Exhibitions

Frack Action

Frack-Free Catskills

Frack Free Genesee

Frack OFF!

Franciscan Earth Corps

Franklin Local Ltd.

Friends of Butternuts

Friends of the Earth

Friends of Sustainable Sidney

Gandhi Earth Keepers International

Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC)

Gas Free Seneca

Global Poverty Task Force of Sisters of Charity New York

Grassroots Environmental Education

Gray Panthers, NYC Network

Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Great Neck Episcopal Ministry


The Green Party of New York State

Green Umbrella

Green Zionist Alliance

Groton Resource Awareness Coalition

Hispanic Community of Great Neck

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

Hunger Action Network of New York State

Hydro Relief Web


Indigenous Environmental Network


The Interfaith Alliance Long Island Chapter

The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR)

Interfaith Impact of NYS

Invisible Sun Collective

JAX Against Fracking

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Just Food

Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking

The Kirkland Committee to Prohibit Hydrofracking

Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA)

Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn

Light Alliance Foundation

Linwood Gardens

Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Learning Sustainability Campaign/Green Watch

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Long Island Men’s Center

Long Island Yoga Magazine

Lower East Side Coalition to Stop Hydraulic Fracturing

Middlefield Neighbors

MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies

Moving In Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH)

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)

Neighbors United For the Fingerlakes (NUFF)

New Paltz Defense Against Fracking

New York Grail

NY Kayakers Against Fracking

New York Society for Ethical Culture

New York Solar Energy Society

New York State Breast Cancer Network

New York State Council of Churches

New York Students Rising

New York Quakers

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

New Yorkers for Clean Water

No Frack NY

No Gas Pipeline

North Shore Audubon Society

North Shore Democratic Club

Nurse Rise

NYC Friends of Clearwater

NY Contra el Gasoducto


New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

NY Residents Against Drilling (NYRAD)

NY StateWide Senior Action Council

Occupy Buffalo

Olive Defense Against Fracking

Operation SPLASH

Otsego 2000

Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church

Owego RAFT (Residents Against Fracking Tioga)

Oxfam America at NYU

Park Slope Food Coop

Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee

PAUSE – People Advocating Use of Sustainable Energy

Peace Action Manhattan

PDA America, Issue Team of Stopping Global WArming

Plymouth Friends of Clean Water

Poets Against Fracking

Preserve Ramapo

Protecting Our Power Rights (POWR)

Protect Laurens

Protect Pittsfield

PRTC – People Recovering Through Christ

PUSH Buffalo

R-CAUSE (Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-Gas Extraction)

RDC Social Justice Board

Reach Out America


Religious Organizations Along the River (ROAR)

Renewable Energy Long Island

Residents of Crumhorn

Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

ROAR Against Fracking

Rochester Defense Against Fracking

Rockland Coalition Against Fracking

Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale Gas Exploration (ROUSE)

The Sacred Water Project

Saint Joseph’s Church

Saint Paul’s Church

Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church

Sane Energy Project

Shaleshock CNY

Sharon Springs Against Fracking

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sixth Street Community Center

Skaneateles Citizens Hydrofracking Committee

Slow Food Huntington

Slow Food NYC

Sludge Stoppers

Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica NY

Southern Adirondack Audobon Society

Southern Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance

South Shore Audubon Society

Space Camp Radio

SPARC (Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition)

Staten Island Democratic Association

Stop The Pipeline (STP)

Strathmore Civic Association

Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble

Students for Global Change at SUNY Oswego

Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED)

SUNY Cortland Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies Environmental Justice Committee

Sustainable Ostego

Sustainable Sea Cliff Cooperative

Sustainable Tompkins

Syracuse Chapter- Citizens Climate Lobby

Syracuse Community Choir

Syracuse Cultural Workers

Syracuse Peace Council

Teens Making a Difference

Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst

Three Parks Independent Democrats

Transition Katonah/Bedford

Transition Westchester

UB CLEAR~ Coalition for Leading Ethically in Academic Research

Unadilla Friends and Neighbors

United for Action

Upper Unadilla Valley Association


Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Vestal Residents for Safe Energy

Virgil Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition

Walk With Warriors, Inc

Water Defense

Water Equality

WESPAC Foundation

West 80s Neighborhood Association

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

We Are Women Warriors


Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources

Woodmere-Lawrence United Methodist

Working Families Party

WNY Drilling Defense

 WNY Peace Center

YouthNow Activist Network

Zen Environmental Studies Institute (ZESI)