U.S. EPA is very innovative. Now it has launched a community activist program (like those led by Barak Obama in Chicago) and calls it "citizen science" research. "Citizen science" is not science in the academic sense but a form of research that enlists the public in collecting environmental data. Projects receiving funding through the citizen science grants will be expected to promote a comprehensive understanding of local pollution problems and identify and support activities that address them at the local level. Proposed projects must also consider environmental justice and should engage, educate and empower African Americans.