The Southeast and Caribbean Environmental Justice Community of Practice, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, honors the existing work of frontline communities and brings together federal, state, NGO, academic, and community leaders dedicated to more equitably serving vulnerable populations as a mechanism for increased collaboration and synergy. Frontline and fenceline practitioners from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are convened on a bi-monthly basis.
The goals and commitment of the community of practice center around equity and efforts to:
• Foster an open, welcoming environment marked by trust and open sharing.
• Building the capacity of community leaders to incorporate resilience planning in organizational priorities.
• Learn from community leaders about real-time challenges resulting from climate change.
• Share timely resources like funding and learning opportunities.
• Identify strategies, actions, and approaches for achieving mutual and broad benefit.
• Increase understanding of the equity issues and capacity needs that arise as communities face coastal hazard and climate impacts.
Learn more by reading the latest summary.
Through the support of the Kresge Foundation, we’ve co-developed a program with community leaders to address climate-induced flooding, water and sewage, infrastructure, and public health issues impacting city residents. Under COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we were able to work with Build UP to organize a Green Summer Work Experience for youth last summer. Build UP is the nation’s first and only early-college workforce development model that provides lower wealth youth with career-ready skills through paid apprenticeships with industry-aligned secondary and postsecondary academic coursework, leading them to become educated, credentialed, and empowered. Through the summer program, youth revitalized their neighborhoods. Although we were unable to move forward on our policy advocacy plans due to the pandemic, we look forward to revisiting our advocacy efforts to work with city department officials and residents on the City Birmingham Flood Plan, water and sewage affordability, and flood relief efforts.
Learn more by reading the 2020 Biannual Report.
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