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  • A Walk of Fame: Environmental Justice Stars’ Funding Vibe on the I-710/Lower Los Angeles River

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Thriving with community cohesion yet burdened with pollution and poverty, low income communities of color living in the I-710/ Lower LA River Corridor (connecting the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the Nation) are blessed with community environmental justice champions. They are stars in leveraging resources to remediate and redevelop contaminated sites into uses that foster community health, environment and economic vitality. Applying building blocks of EPA EJ Showcase Communities, Urban Waters Partnership in the Los Angeles River Watershed, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development programming, and East Yard Environmental Justice Coalition’s B2H initiative, the community stars are transforming depressed neighborhoods into vibrant communities. They produce master lists of contaminated sites and show proximity to essential services, conduct brownfields bicycle tours, support corridor initiatives to clean up Underground Storage Tanks, develop planning and financial tools for revitalization of brownfields, plan an active transportation route to connect underserved communities to their places of work, and share insights on overcoming funding challenges with other similar port communities through the Moving Forward Network. These environmental justice stars will catalyze a dynamic discussion that involves the full cast of players to share lessons learned, promising practices, case examples, roster of resources, and methods for replicating success.
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