CEEJ- EPA C.A.R.E. (Community Action for A Renewed Environmental ) Project
CEEJ is helping the Gulfport /Turkey Creek communities through a Cooperative Agreement to form a broad-based partnership dedicated to reducing toxic pollutants and environmental risks in their local environment.
GOALS OF THE PROJECT
- Turkey Creek and Turkey Creek Southwest communities are situated alongside an industrial area with numerous toxics in the air, water and soil.
- Through the CARE cooperative agreement CEEJ will: Create a community partnership that is a multi-stakeholder group that includes industries surrounding the Turkey Creek and TC southwest communities,
- Conduct a community capacity-building program,
- Provide information and tools to assist in assessment of risks facing the Turkey Creek Community
The Minority Worker Training Program
Just two months after Katrina CEEJ partnered with the Deep South Center For Environmental Justice at Dillard University, New Orleans, as well as, organizations in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, LA; West Dallas, TX; Atlanta, East Point and Savannah, GA, and Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL and implemented the Minority Worker Training Programs and Brownfield*s Minority Worker Program. It was successful in providing jobs and cleaning up our neighborhoods -- removing environmental contaminants from sediment, soil, homes, and buildings. The Worker Training Program produced an unusual partnership between labor, environmental and community organizations, as well as a University. It offered neighborhood residents impacted by Hurricane Katrina an opportunity to join forces with local construction workers and environmentalists to take a proactive approach to cleaning up their neighborhoods -- removing environmental contaminants from sediment, soil, homes, and buildings.