Congratulations to the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) in Chapel Hill, NC which is an Environmental Justice Small Grants Program 2010 Grant Recipient (http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/grants/ej-smgrants.html#2010). $1.9 Million was awarded for 76 grants to aid community projects and support EPA’s priorities of:
Improving air quality;
Managing chemical risks;
Cleaning up hazardous-waste disposal sites;
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
Protecting America’s water.
Details are listed below.
Recipient: Roger-Eubanks Neighborhood Association
Project Name: PITCH (Partnerships in Transforming Community Hope)
Project Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Issue: The Rogers-Eubanks is an African-American, low-income community and has served as the host of the Orange County regional landfill since 1972. The community was promised basic amenities when the landfill site was originally purchased in 1972, however, amenities such as water and sewer service, storm drains, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, a recreation center and greenspace have not been forthcoming.
Summary: The focus of PITCH is to achieve reductions of waste inputs to landfills and repair household energy and water inefficiencies. This will be achieved by reducing household solid waste, composting kitchen waste, recycling mixed paper, and using compost in a local community garden.
In addition, the project will educate the residents on conserving water and energy through weatherization improvements, repairs of small-scale plumbing and sewage inefficiencies, and replacement of incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones. The project will engage Orange Country residents, the broader public, and news media on PITCH-In’s call to action for waste reduction and environmental stewardship.
Project initiation date: July 1, 2010
Partners: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Coalition to End Environmental Racism