Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

The program's mission/objective is to award cooperative agreements to eligible non-profit organizations in order for those organizations to develop projects which demonstrate the utility of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: None.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Working with partners to identify and characterize the environmental and public health issues associated with straight pipe sewage and acid mine drainage, educating community residents about the environmental and health effects from these impacts, and working to develop and implement the strategies necessary to successfully address these issues.

(2) Engaging communities in the cleanup and improvement of vacant lots into green spaces and sustain their upkeep through a recycling program to help reduce pollutants that contribute to communities' high asthma rates.

This collaboration is expected to improve Philadelphia's recycling rate and air quality.

(3) Developing a collaborative process that encourages measures for the installation of safe water and sewer services, the clean up of toxic substance sites, and the improvement of air quality in the area's low-income communities and other comparable communities that do not have access to basic amenities.

Grassroots training will assist residents in working collaboratively with local, State, and federal government officials.

(4) Working with partners to incorporate environmental and health considerations, and to involve disadvantaged communities into the decision-making process of the city's Master Plan for housing redevelopment and revitalization.

The project also encourages use of natural, non-toxic cleaning products and practices to reduce exposure to lead paint and decrease the incidence of asthma.

(5) Creating an Environmental Council with partners to conduct air sampling tests in schools, apartments, and community locations to determine the extent of indoor and outdoor air pollution in the community.

The Council will help the community educate itself about asthma, asthma triggers and allergens, and what can be done to minimize or eliminate indoor air asthma triggers.