Environmental Justice (EJ) Program and Resources
Zender Environmental Health and Research Group was awarded an Environmental Justice Grant in December 2018 from EPA. This grant is to develop a pilot 2 for Backhaul Alaska to test further for the cost and logistics to remove hazardous waste from rural communities. The second phase (“Pilot 2”) will begin spring 2019 through summer 2020, and backhaul event for off-road villages will be carried out summer of 2020. 15 additional villages will be selected with regional priority of the following: AVCP, Bristol Bay, Kawerak, KANA, TCC, and Maniilaq. Applications for the villages had a deadline on December 16, 2018 and will be in review. The goal for this Pilot 2 will be to recognize and develop a program for the State of Alaska rural communities is to:
1) Prepare a successful backhaul event in the regional communities, and receive feedback from the regional coordinators to understand what worked and change challenges from the backhaul event. The logistics at this point should be smoother with easier transportation and partnerships from transporters and vendors.
Vision: The vision of environmental justice is rooted in the philosophy that solutions must rely on community-based participatory efforts. This effort is met by working with rural communities who are off-road, and only accessible by air and boat. They are in need to remove hazardous waste from unlined landfills, to protect the lives of the tribal communities who continue to rely on the subsistence way of life from contaminates entering the land, air, and watershed. The Backhaul Alaska will benefit the future of the State of Alaska from potential environmental damages, and recognize that the cost of transportation in Alaska is greatly expensive, therefore it is important to find those costs and logistics to make this cost efficient statewide.
2) Education and outreach to promote more participants from the community regions will be developed by advertising them in the remote entities. Coordinators will work with villages to distribute these advertisements so communities know that there is a program that is used to remove hazardous waste to protect the watershed, wildlife, and residents.
For more information or questions about this program, contact: For more information:
Evelyn Agnus, B.S., email@example.com 907 277 2111
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-10/documents/2018_project_descriptions_0.pdfFor information about our 2011 EJ program, click here.