About Us

PEACH is a community-based lead-based paint and healthy homes environmental agency. The mission of PEACH is to improve community health and economics by creating a sustainable workforce to reduce environmental hazards. PEACH’s vision is that every child will grow up in an environmentally safe home where the household income is above the poverty level.

The initial concept for PEACH was created by NC Central University (NCCU) researchers and Northeast Central Durham (NECD) community leaders. The goal of the project was to explore the lingering effects of lead-based paint in older housing in NECD.

The City of Durham received several HUD funded Lead-based paint grant dollars between 2000-2014. The grant activities failed to increase the number of Durham residents in the NECD community skilled in identifying and reducing lead-based paint hazards. Lenora Smith, one of the NECD community leaders and subsequently, PEACH Director, perceived the lead-based paint industry as a viable avenue to assist unemployed, underemployed, justice involved, and other marginalized residents in getting specialized training to detect and to reduce lead-based paint hazards in housing built before 1978. Read a detailed history of PEACH.

PEACH is governed by a Board of Directors and is dedicated to helping marginalized residents to become employed in lead-based paint disciplines and to ultimately increase the number of environmental businesses owned by people of color. PEACH has assisted community residents in becoming State certified in lead abatement disciplines including:

  • lead worker
  • lead inspector
  • lead risk assessor
  • lead supervisor
  • lead Renovator
  • RRP Principal Instructor
  • RRP Training Manager

Additionally, PEACH has worked with local contractors to remediate lead-based paint hazards in single family residential homes; and is a State certified Lead Firm and a State Authorized Training Provider for the Lead Renovator training course.



Donations to PEACH will be used to recruit and train marginalized community residents in various areas of lead-based paint and healthy homes environmental disciplines. We appreciate your support!

Please make any checks payable to PEACH and mail to 800 N. Mangum St., Suite 105, Durham, NC  27701.



PEACH offers volunteer opportunities that include internships and experiential education opportunities. Please complete our volunteer form. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities with PEACH can also apply through the Durham Volunteer CenterNC Central University ACSLP, or Duke University Community Engagement.