About Community Environmental Monitoring

The Healthy Energy Initiative in India is coordinated by Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM), a program of The Other Media. Based in Chennai, CEM addresses the plight of pollution impacted communities through environmental health monitoring skills training, information and organizing support, and emergency response services and funding.


The Healthy Energy Initiative in India is actively collaborating on research, educational, and outreach activities with reputed health organizations (Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Public Health Association) and institutions of health research and education (Indian Institute of Public Health; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research, Chandigarh; Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research; Manipal School of Public Health).

IndiaLancetLaunchSlideIn October 2015 Healthy Energy Initiative – India assisted in organizing the National Meeting on Climate, Energy and Health, an Indian launch event for the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The meeting convened leaders from India’s public health and medical communities as well as people working in the areas of energy, environment, and cliamte change to learn about findings from the Lancet Commission and discuss how India can implement the Commission’s recommendations. The event was hosted by the Public Health Foundation of India with support from Health Care Without Harm and the Lancet Commission.

Year 1 MPH StudentsIn September 2015 CEM launched a series of Speaking Tours and Toxics Tours, organized in conjunction with leading public health educational institutes to sensitize students, faculty, and researchers on issues surrounding energy, industrial pollution, and environmental health.

HealthyEnergyAtWFPHAIn February 2015, CEM and Health Care Without Harm organized a series of events in Kolkata at the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ triennial meeting, which culminated in the adoption of the Kolkata Call to Action, one of the strongest statements from the global health community advocating for a transition to clean, renewable energy as a means to protect health.

In addition to the health sector, the Initiative has deep engagement with communities affected by air pollution, regularly organizing workshops, conducting community health and environmental assessments, and providing technical and legal assistance.

Learn more in our posts about energy and health issues in India.

Connect with Healthy Energy Initiative – India

  • Mailing list: contact Shweta Narayan (see below)
  • Email: Shweta Narayan, Healthy Energy Initiative – India Coordinator,