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Environmental Justice Grant Recipients in the Pacific Southwest - 2007

2007 EJ Small Grant Recipients

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Environmental Health Coalition: Clean Ports, Healthy Communities in San Diego, National City, California

The project's goal was to reduce San Diego residents' exposure to air pollution from the existing operations of the terminals and port district. To accomplish this, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) formed a collaborative working group to identify environmental health problems associated with the existing operations of the National City Marine Terminal and the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, operated by the San Diego Unified Port District, on adjacent neighborhoods. They also developed a plan to reduce diesel particulate and other pollution from existing operations and their proposed expansions. EHC went on to become a recipient of a Level II CARE Grant in 2009.

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Richmond, CA

With a two-year, $50,000 EJ Small Grant, APEN funded its Richmond Environmental Justice Community Leadership Project, which is charged with building the leadership and capacity of Richmond's Laotian refugee community, addressing the immediate and long term environmental justice and public health hazards and risks posed by urban development and land use decisions; and to build partnerships of organizations to make their efforts more effective. Through deepened outreach and communications, training, and recruitment, more than a dozen environmental justice leaders groups and other community stakeholders have helped APEN solidify a policy agenda to guide its work with the Laotian community for the next five years. This policy agenda was ratified by APEN's membership in Richmond and Oakland and has been submitted to the City of Richmond's General Plan Advisory Committee for review.

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