By DIONNE WALKER
Associated Press Writer
Posted: Oct. 27 5:28 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 27 9:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — Environmental and racial justice activists from six states met with federal Environmental Protection Agency officials Tuesday to demand a revamp of the agency they accuse of overlooking years of chronic environmental missteps in minority communities across the South.
That includes the dumping of toxic chemicals into landfills and drinking water sources that are disproportionately in black, low-income communities, said Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University and author of several books on what’s been dubbed “environmental racism.”
Lisa P. Jackson, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency addressed the third anual State of the Environmental Justice in America 2009 coference this past friday via video. Administrator Jackson called on grassroots movements in the US to “help build a 21st century sustainable infracstructure.”
A video of Jacksons address is available on the Environmental Justice Blog.
View Administrator Jacksons Bio on the EPA’s website.
Via the EPA
The 2009 Environmental Justice Achievement Awards will recognize mutli-stakeholder partnerships for their success in addressing environmental justice issues or by adopting the goals of environmental justice to positively impact their community.
The goals of the Environmental Justice Awards Program include, but are not limited to, the following:
- promoting positive behavior on environmental justice issues by all stakeholder groups
- documenting models of success for others to emulate
- encouraging achievement of environmental results in communities having environmental justice issues
- fostering collaborative problem solving by all stakeholder organizations to address significant environmental justice concerns
To be considered for the award, mutli-stakeholder partnerships will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- partnerships and collaboration
- community, equity, and public involvement
- environmental justice integration
- leveraged resources/capacity building/sustainability
- demonstrated results/effectiveness
Requests for Applications
On February 12, 2009, a new announcement was released for the Environmental Justice Achievement Awards Program was released. The 2009 National Achievements in Environmental Justice Awards (PDF) (1,800KB, 3 pages) will recognize multi-stakeholder partnerships for their success in addressing environmental justice issues. Applications must be post-marked or emailed by no later than May 13, 2009.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships refer to the arrangement in which stakeholders work together to achieve goals. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships bring together diverse organizations with multiple perspectives and interests to address these issues. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, for the purpose of addressing environmental justice issues, consist of various partners representing viewpoints from the following types of organizations:
- Academic Institutions
- Business and Industry organizations
- Community based organizations
- Non-governmental and Environmental organizations
- State and local government organizations
- Tribal government and indigenous organizations