Sustainable Cleveland Partnership
Environmental Health Action Guide- compiled and maintained by the Sustainable Cleveland Partnership and NeighborhoodLink
The partners in the Sustainable Cleveland Partnership envision clean, healthy, and safe neighborhoods that benefit all of our residents.
The Sustainable Cleveland Partnership will 1) develop and implement a replicable model environmental information access system in several Cleveland neighborhoods to help citizens create positive environmental change in their communities, and, 2) develop collaborations between community residents, organizations, universities and regulators. This model will be disseminated to other Cleveland and Great Lakes region neighborhoods to assist others in improving information access in their communities.
While Cleveland's environment has been improving over the last 25 years, low-income communities and communities of color are often the last to benefit.As of 1993, people of color are twice as likely to live near a commercial hazardous waste handling facility than whites. Ohio ranks third in the nation with the highest number of commercial hazardous waste facilities located in communities with above national average percent people of color.*
Two identified problems for neighborhood and community organizations are: 1) residents of these communities have little or no access to the environmental decision making process, and, 2) local residents often do not have access to the information, tools and resources needed to make decisions. In order for residents of low-income and communities of color to become a part of the environmental decision making process, these communities must have the information, resources, and tools to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their health, safety, and environment. By providing information access, technical assistance, and pollution prevention tools to Cleveland residents, this project will empower neighborhood residents to work toward a safer and cleaner environment for all people, regardless of race or class.
* Goldman, Benjamin A., and Laura Fitton. Toxic Wastes and Race Revisited: An Update of the 1987 Report on the Racial and Socio-Economic Characteristics of Communities with Hazardous Waste Sites. Center for Policy Alternatives, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, 1994.
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