EPA Region 4’s 2012 Southeast Regional Environmental Justice Conference theme was, “Promoting Environmental Justice through Effective Education, Collaboration, and Mobilization”
- To develop tangible solutions to address environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns;
- To educate the attendees on the environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns; and
- To provide networking opportunities for environmental justice leaders and organizations.
This conference promoted environmental justice by:
- Identifying the presence and impact of health problems in environmental justice communities;
- Increasing stakeholder understanding of the public health impacts of unequal distribution of environmental pollution;
- Helping stakeholders to identify their problems, develop and implement creative solutions and share project success stories;
- Identifying tools and strategies environmental justice organizations can use to sustain themselves once federal and state funding have ceased;
- Using environmental justice, within each state, as a theme to build partnerships with state and local government officials, community groups, academics, industry and others; and
- Providing technical assistance, such as grant writing training, to help stakeholders advance their environmental justice efforts.
Communities, States, Local Businesses, Colleges, and Universities in GA, AL, MS, TN, KY, FL, SC and NCCO-SPONSORS
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Center for Sustainable Communities
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Emory University, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Green Group Holdings
Restoration Services, Inc.
U.S. Climate Action Network
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service