Dec 10, 2012

EPA Awards Environmental Justice Grants in the Southeast

EPA awards grants to nonprofit organizations to address worldwide environmental issues

U.S. EPA 2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 50 nonprofit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Six of those 50 were awarded to organizations within region EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) totaling more than $147,000.

Organizations receiving grants in EPA Region 4 include:

Legacy Village Inc. (Carry and Rolling Fork, Miss.) seeks to organize, educate and build capacity among residents and property owners, helping them to identify and address potential harmful contaminants found in drinking water, homes and air. The project addresses these concerns in a two-phase approach that incorporates community education and research to address environmental vulnerabilities and health risk among residents.

Mobile Baykeepers Inc. (Mobile, Ala.) will train residents in communities surrounding Threemile Creek to conduct long-term monitoring of local waterways. Through data collection and analysis, the community will develop strategies to reduce impacts from storm water runoff.

Cape Fear River Watch Inc. (Wilmington, N.C.) intends to address the lack of affordable environmental education for children living in the Greenfield Lake Burnt Mill Creek Watershed. The organization will establish environmentally-focused camps for underserved children ages eight to 17.

Toxic Free North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.) seeks to improve the health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers through education about pesticide exposure by creating a plain language analysis of EPA’s Worker Protection Standards, available in both Spanish and French. The project will develop and deliver a series of training sessions throughout North Carolina. These sessions will cover workers’ rights as they relate to pesticides in the workplace and EPA’s proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard.

The Farmworker Assn. of Florida (Apopka, Fla.) seeks to find a resolution to the under-reporting of pesticide-related illnesses and lack of health education for area farm workers. The organization will fund a special initiative to its Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project.

The Museum of Science (Miami) will support a Hydroponic Garden Project designed to raise awareness regarding agricultural chemicals and processed foods in Miami’s ethnically-diverse Coconut Grove/Coral Way community.

Click here for the full list of 2012 EJ Small Grant recipients and project descriptions: