A diverse women-led Board of Directors

Working with frontline communities most impacted by pollution

Using science to inform advocacy

Improving the quality of our air

And the quality of our democracy

Our Mission

Downwinders at Risk Education Fund is dedicated to taking effective action on behalf of those being harmed by air pollution. Our goal is to build a strong grassroots constituency and create new strategies for clean air in North Texas. We do this by informing, connecting, and mobilizing citizens to become active participants in the decision-making that affects the air we breathe. In doing so, we improve both the quality of our air and the quality of our democracy.

We’re committed to working for environmental justice with communities impacted by the worst pollution; to deliver the best science to those communities; to making decisions about pollution and polluters more democratic; to providing solutions to the problems we spotlight, and to funding staff devoted to grassroots empowerment.

We support COMMUNITY SCIENCE, COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT and are a COMMUNITY WATCHDOG.

Our Posts

With Historic Rebuke, EPA Sends GAF Permit Back to Austin…and a Message to Company

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Stay Inside. Plant Trees. An Annotated Guide to City of Dallas Air Quality Monitoring

2 days ago

It's on Ozone Action Day.....Seems like a good time to remind folks that you can get local updates on pollution every morning on Twitter ***@AirDfw* **and track real time PM levels at **https://www.sharedairdfw.com*. ***For the more adventuresome, you can track the state's ozone DFW ozone levels as they come in 2-3 hours behind real time at: www.tceq.texas.gov/cgi-bin/compliance/monops/select_curlev.pl?user_param=44201&user_metro=2&user_... ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Yesterday saw ozone/smog levels reaching over 90 ppb at multiple DFW monitors. Today is another Action Ozone Day. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

This is a funky but readable MSW-formatted version of the August 5th, 2022 letter/pdf EPA Region 6 emailed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality informing the agency it was sending its proposed approved operating permit for West Dallas asphalt shingle maker GAF back to Austin for a major regulatory overhaul (some of the important parts are highlighted in bold too). Turns out GAF doesn't have a way to prove its polluting within its permitted limits. For good measure EPA tells TCEQ it needs to improve its public participation process and Environmental Justice policies. A stunning rebuke. A win for residents. This EPA is different. ... See MoreSee Less
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College alum (Class of '18) Evelyn Mayo is selected as one of D Magazine's "78 Women Who Make Dallas Great" in its September issue. ... See MoreSee Less
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