Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) is a community-based organization dedicated to improving health and protecting the environment in the San Diego/Tijuana region. For almost forty years, EHC has been the region’s leading binational environmental health organization. Through organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy, they work to protect children from toxic exposure and improve health along our shared border.
Our local work supports low-income, ethnically diverse communities of Barrio Logan, City Heights, National City, and Colonia Chilpancingo in Tijuana. Approximately 30% of families in our core communities in the U.S. live in poverty compared to 11% countywide. Over 90% are people of color
A common thread in all of EHC’s campaigns is the recognition of the cumulative impacts of environmental, social, political and economic vulnerabilities that affect the quality of life in these core communities.
We are committed to working in low-income communities of color to:
- reduce pollution to protect public health and the environment
- secure community plans that address low-income residents’ needs
- reduce toxic air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
- improve active transportation and public transit
- defend children’s health threatened by exposure to toxics
- increase civic engagement and voter participation
About our Project
We are requesting support to advance our Climate and Transportation Justice campaign. The following are three of the campaign’s priorities:
- Advocate alongside community members (primarily women) for a regional transportation plan that prioritizes better infrastructure and increased accessible public transit.
- Ensure that the equity components of the San Diego and Port of San Diego Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are carried out through the adoption of a Climate Justice Scorecard to establish criteria and benchmarks for energy, air pollution, vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas reductions.
- Educate decision-makers, housing developers, and solar companies about the opportunities for solar investment through effective implementation of AB693, which provides for installation of renewables on low-income multi-family housing.
In a nutshell, we have come to discover that the climate justice fight cannot be fought without starting with the communities that are most affected by climate change. And one of the most successful ways to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions is by providing improved public transportation in our communities. For more information you can visit us online at www.environmentalhealth.org
Robert Verne Roppe
Lourdes R Schroeder
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