Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color.

In this portion of my interview, she discusses the goals and accomplishments of WE ACT as she responds to the prompts listed below.

(Duration 11:02)


  1. As community activists, how do you measure your own success in helping to create a healthy community? 00:40
  2. Please briefly describe WE ACT’s “8 Indicators of a Healthy Community.” 01:40
  3. Is there one environmental problem that stands out as most important to WE ACT? 04:40
  4. What sorts of things have you done to promote improved air quality? 06:20
  5. Please briefly describe some of your work to create open and green spaces in the community. 07:00

Other Portions of Peggy Shepard Interview

Title Duration
Part 1 – Early Career 10:30
Part 2 – The Origins of WE ACT 8:24
Part 3 – The Work of WE ACT 11:02
Part 4 – Environmental Health & Justice 6:29
Part 5 – Collaborating with Scientists 7:51
Part 6 – Policy Reforms 10:15
Part 7 – Environmental Activism 14:22
Part 8 – Five Favorites 5:45
Full Interview 1:06:41

Visit Peggy Shepard’s main Upstream page.