Community Action Works
Community Action Works



The project at TERC is led by:

  • Martha Merson and Mary Jane Schmitt, leaders of TERC’s Adult Numeracy Center.
  • Ethan Contini-Field provided research and curriculum development
  • Valerie Martin did the graphics design for our print materials and this website.
  • Sherry Soares edited the print materials
  • Sara Lacy contributed activities and advice in early drafts of the curriculum

Questions? Contact us.


TERC staff partnered with a number of environmental advocacy organizations who connected us with communities in need, piloted early drafts of materials, and gave us critical feedback on activities and resources.

Community Action Works was the lead partner for Statistics for Action. Community Action Works offers assistance and training to citizen groups in New England facing toxics problems. Staff provide groups with information and resources to understand environmental threats, laws, and regulations, and to achieve their vision of a healthy, safe environment. Many of these groups appear in SfA materials as case studies.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has information on their website on topics from asphalt plants to nuclear reactors. They have seen it all and offer assitance to communities the the southeastern states.

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization works with neighbors on air quality, open space, clean ups, and transportation.

New England Literacy Resource Center co-sponsored The Change Agent, a biannual publication that contains stories for inspiration and ideas for action.

Operation Green Leaves supports environmental education in Miami, FL, and reforestation in Haiti.

Pesticide Watch works with California families and farmworkers to find sustainable solutions to control pests.

River Network offers information and training for groups looking out for the water quality in their local waterways and the health of people, plants, and animals around them.

Boston University Superfund Basic Research Program Community Engagement Core led by Madeleine K. Scammell and Greg Howard contributed materials on health studies.

The following organizations were involved in our earlier planning grant:


External evaluation for Statistics for Action is conducted by Arbor Consulting Partners.

  • Mindy Fried
  • Madeleine Taylor
  • Margaret Connors


Other project advisors have included:

Math & Science Educators

Marlene Kliman, TERC
David Carraher, TERC
Alexander Goldowsky, The Ecotarium

Adult Educators

Beth Bingman, Appalshop
Andy Nash, New England Literacy Resource Center

Environmental and Epidemiology Professionals

Steve Dickens, River Network
Andrew Friedmann, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Joan Gancarski, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Staci Rubin, Northeastern University School of Law
Madeleine Scammell, Boston University School of Public Health