Communities across the country are fighting a variety of threats within their environment, with one of the more common hazards being lead contamination in the earth and water. For years, a number of groups have been advocating the risk of lead poisoning, but now some have begun efforts to eradicate it. One of the New Jersey organizations at the forefront of this mission is Isles Inc., in hopes they can safeguard the IQ of local children.
Marty Johnson, founder and president of Isles, Inc., visited the set of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato to discuss how the IQs of thousands of children in New Jersey can be improved each year by eliminating the threat of lead poisoning from their homes and the environment.
Isles, Inc., is “a nonprofit community development organization focused on environmental solutions,” Johnson told show host Steve Adubato, PhD. “We’re trying to come up with innovative ways to meet a nine-word mission, which is foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.”
The organization, which is based out of the state’s capital, Trenton, was founded in 1981 and has since been committed to designing and developing effective services that help to revitalize communities, train and educate adults and youth, build wealth and promote healthy living.
The weatherization of homes is a large portion of what Isles, Inc., handles. Johnson explained that the largest line item in most families’ budgets is their housing, which often includes a hefty utility bill. With thousands of homes in Trenton, Newark, Camden and other communities that haven’t even seen the first generation of energy upgrades, Isles, Inc., who has partnered with PSE&G, is determined to retrofit homes of low-income families and make them safer and more energy efficient.
Through its work, the organization soon found the issue of lead contamination in these areas. As Isles, Inc. began testing residential properties, it found that a majority of the homes should be uninhabitable and were severely affecting the children who lived in them.
To learn about how lead poisoning is negatively impacting children’s IQs and how Isles, Inc., is working to eliminate this threat from communities across the state, take a look at this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.
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