We are developing a handbook of tools and activities that community organizations, teachers, and scientists can use when organizing a soil study in their own communities. We will share it here when it is ready.

Before staring a community soil study, we recommend finding a research partner near you. We have identified a long of list of community-engaged soil researchers across North America and will continue to add to this list.

Non-Academic Organizations, Programs, and Projects Working to Address Lead in Soil and Dust

North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology (NATURE) Lab Environmental Education Center at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York
Advocates for Urban Agriculture in Chicago, IL
BK Rot in Brooklyn, New York
Citizen Science Community Resources in Tonawanda, New York
Clean Soil Bank in New York, New York
Collaborative on Health and the Environment in Bolinas, CA
Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey
Legacy Lead Network in New York, New York
Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens in New York, New York
Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project in New Orleans, LA
Orange County Environmental Justice in Tustin, CA
Public Lab in Brooklyn, New York
Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute in New York, New York
Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, New York
River Valley Organizing in East Liverpool, OH
Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, IL
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee, WI
Soil City in Glasgow, Scotland
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Tacoma, WA
Toxic Soil Busters within Worcester Roots in Worcester, Massachusetts
Urban Soils Institute in New York, New York
USDA NRCS Urban Soils Team
Walnut Way Conservation Corps in Milwaukee, WI

University Research Groups, Laboratories, Projects, and Networks Working to Address Lead in Soil and Dust in the US

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants at the University of Arizona
Baltimore Ecosystem Study
Center for Urban Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Environmental & Sustainable Geochemistry Lab at Rutgers University
Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities at Cornell University
Integrated Environmental Science and Health Risk Laboratory at the University of Arizona (Gardenroots and Project Harvest)
Lead Lab Project at Tulane University
LeBrón Research Group at the University of California Irvine
Malone Research Group at the University of Washington Bothell
Metal Redlining Network across several universities
Morales-Doyle Research Group at the University of Chicago at Illinois
Notre Dame Lead Project at the University of Notre Dame
Soil and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory and Brownfields and Urban Agriculture at Kansas State University
Soil Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at Ohio State University
Soils Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMA) Conference
Urban Lead Poisoning Project
Urban Soils Lab at Brooklyn College
van Geen Research Group at Columbia University
Vegesafe at Macquarie University (Australia)
Wortman Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wu Research Group at the University of California Irvine

University Cooperative Extension Programs Offering Testing Services for Lead in Soil in the US

Colorado State University’s Soil, Water, and Plant Testing Laboratory
Cornell University’s Nutrient Analysis Laboratory
Pennsylvania State University’s Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory
Rutgers University’s Soil Testing Laboratory
University of Connecticut’s Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory
University of Delaware’s Soil Testing Program
University of Maine’s Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service
University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory
University of Minnesota’s Soil Testing Laboratory
University of Missouri’s Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory
University of New Hampshire’s Soil Testing Services
University of the District of Columbia’s Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory
University of Vermont’s Agricultural and Environmental Testing Laboratory
University of Wisconsin’s Soil and Forage Laboratory