The Brawley, California community organization Comite Civico Del Valle has tremendous accomplishments under its belt, including installation of a very robust set of fixed air pollution monitors throughout the region, and establishment of the IVAN environmental reporting system, used by residents in the Imperial Valley and communities across the state.
Working with long-time partner Loma Linda University Medical Center. Comite Civil and other partners are now expanding their services. They are training high school students to be citizen scientists, and encouraging residents to install Purple Air monitors to measure air quality in real-time outside of their homes to ensure the air they breathe is safe before engaging in outdoor physical activities. This will be especially valuable to children and others with asthma. To learn more, check out the resources below and the article that follows.
In California’s Imperial Valley, Residents Aren’t Waiting for Government to Track Pollution, Yes! MagazineRead More›
EJScreen is a very powerful tool that puts capabilities previously available only to mapping experts in the hands of environmental justice groups and others.
If you or your organization have used EJScreen, please let EPA know how they can improve it by filling out the EJScreen User Survey. Just follow the instructions below.
To learn more about this great tool, check out the links at the end of this blog post.Read More›
The Moving Forward Network is composed of over 40 member organizations, and virtually every organization participated in the People’s Climate Marches in Washington, DC, or at a sister march in another city. Check out a few examples:
— Guyadeen (@Guyadeen) April 29, 2017
— Franz Matzner – NRDC (@FranzMatzner) April 29, 2017
Kansas City, MO
Long Beach CA
Los Angeles CA
This photo was provided by Comite Civico del Valle, one of many MFN members who marched in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles to call attention to an urgent regional issue – the expansion of the Tesoro Oil Refinery.
New York City NY
— ICC (@IronboundCC) April 29, 2017
Marching with NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner and NRDC colleagues and members
In the San Francisco Bay Area, several thousand people converged on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt for a rally that included indigenous leaders and local environmental justice groups. There, 70-year-old Margaret Gordon, an organizer with a group called No Coal in Oakland, summed up the crowd’s concerns with a fiery one-minute speech from the stage. “Keep the fossil fuels in the ground. Clean up our air, water, and soil,” she said. (Source http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/indigenous-communities-lead-massive-peoples-climate-march-dc)
Neighbors for Clean Air marched in Portland!
The Portland Peoples Climate March was a great event with frontline communities voices front and center.
San Diego CA
NRDC Marching to defend the Paris Agreement
— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) April 29, 2017
— CleanWaterAction NJ (@CleanWaterNJ) April 29, 2017
— Mustafa Santiago Ali (@EJinAction) April 30, 2017
— Clean Air Council (@cleanaircouncil) April 29, 2017
Photo: East Bay Express.
Zero emissions Class 8 heavy-duty Class 8 18-wheelers are a reality today. The innovative Kansas City company Orange EV is the first and only company to make all-electric big rigs commercially available. Their electric terminal trucks are operating throughout the country.
However, over-the-road electric Class 8 trucks are another story – to date only prototype and demonstration zero emissions Class 8 trucks capable of operating on public highways have been produced.
But, the marketplace is changing rapidly, and other companies, some established and some new, are jumping into the fray. As a result, within a few years we may see a strong shift from dirty diesel to zero-emissions trucking on public highways. A few examples, followed by references for more information:
As we reported late last year in Nikola announces “The end of diesel engines”… electric Class 8 heavy-duty trucks using power generated by hydrogen fuel cells will be truly zero-emissions if the hydrogen is generated by solar energy. Nikola Motors has an ambitious and innovative plan to do that on the national level by 2020, with solar-powered refueling stations on major truck routes throughout the country. Their solution has a number of other innovative features, and they have produced a very impressive demonstration vehicle.
By the end of 2016, Nikola reported that they had received over 7,000 preorders worth over $2 billion.
“Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesel…”
Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company
Mercedes-Benz is also moving into this market, and has promised to deliver prototypes of its all-electric mid-range (124 miles) Urban eTruck this year, and produce it commercially in 2020.
Last week, two more firms joined the zero emissions trucking race – Tesla announced that they have an electric semi under production, and Toyota developed a prototype hydrogen-electric drayage truck for use at the Port of Los Angeles.
For the latest news, check out the articles below.
Morgan Stanley likes the idea of a Tesla semi-truck, Business Insider
Just as electric vehicles can be quicker off the starting line than fossil fuel vehicles, the technology for zero and low emissions passenger vehicles is advancing faster than most thought possible. A report just released by the California Air Resources Board finds that the California greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards currently in place for model years 2022-2025 are readily feasible at or below the costs estimated back in 2012 – when the standards were adopted with support from many automakers. Continuing on the path to meeting the 2025 standards will deliver significant clean-air and public health benefits for Californians and cost-savings for consumers.
The 667-page Midterm Review of Advanced Clean Cars Program report released this week confirms that the previously adopted package of GHG standards, technology-forcing zero-emission vehicle standards, and the most health-protective particulate matter standards in the world are appropriate. The report indicates that existing programs in California will add at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads and highways by 2025.
“The recent Detroit auto show shined a spotlight on the fact that we are fully engaged in a global transformation towards autonomous vehicles, with hybrid cars an industry norm and electric models appearing across models and platforms,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “Our standards need to recognize and keep pace with that market reality to keep California and the nation fully competitive in the global automobile marketplace. The conclusion is inescapable: California’s vehicle future is electric.”Read More›
On December 21, the University of Southern California held a webinar “Training resources to build community capacity on goods movement and health,” which highlighted the resources available in the Moving Forward Network library and how they can be used. A recording of the webinar can be found here.
Speakers Carla Truax of the University of Southern California, Eric Kirkendall of the Diesel Health Project, and Ms. Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project talked about workshops and presentation resources that organizations can use to train new members and students. They discussed their experiences developing the materials for varied audiences, and noted that the “guides and 101” documents are great for beginners, use an engaging education style, and often are available in both English and Spanish.
The Moving Forward Network Library features hundreds of useful documents, including the Air Pollution 101 training course, the Curriculum Guide for Freight Transport Justice, the Goods Movement 101 three-part course, the Speakers Kit on Goods Movement, policy briefs, reference collections and infographics on health studies, and national Environmental Justice and Global Trade Impact reports.
Topics covered in the webinar included how to locate occupational health resources, warehouse worker studies, and other useful resources, such as information on refineries, hazardous materials, and schools. Participants commented on the importance of “Reducing Air Emissions Associated With Goods Movement: Working Towards Environmental Justice” by the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, also available in the MFN Library. There was also discussion about continuing the online meetings and hosting a calendar of events on the MFN Web site.
To learn more, view the recording of the webinar and check out the resources available in the MFN Library.
Moving Forward Network partners – please share your public materials in the library by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the Moving Forward Network partners and webinar host USC Environmental Health Community Engagement Team for this excellent session!
The EJ poster image above is courtesy of Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources.
Since the election of Donald Trump, environmental justice leaders across the country have been strategizing about how to continue to fight for justice in the face of expected big shifts in Federal government priorities. One theme that has been consistent – they will not stand down.
Last Friday, Keith Rushing, Lead Advocacy Press Secretary for Earthjustice, wrote one of the best articles on the subject, Environmental Justice Leaders to Stand Strong in the Trump Era. Keith interviewed three EJ leaders – Angelo Logan, campaign director of the Moving Forward Network, Peggy Shepard, executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice in New York City, and Hilton Kelley, director of the Community In-Power and Development Association in Port Arthur, Texas.
Keith’s summary regarding how EJ organizations can hold the line and ramp up their work is that four things are necessary, (1) Stand strong in the face of adversity, (2) Get a seat at the table at the national level, (3) Keep up state and local fights, and (4) increase funding for EJ.
This article has great insights. Click below for more details, and consider how you can contribute to this very important work.
EHC says expansion plan addresses concerns from most impacted communities
SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2016 – Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), an organization fighting toxic pollution in San Diego’s most vulnerable communities, applauds the Port for passing a sustainable plan for the expansion of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal that acknowledges and addresses concerns of the surrounding communities. Today, more than 40 community members from Barrio Logan, Logan Heights and Sherman Heights attended the hearing urging Port officials to reduce pollution and incorporate community benefits into the plan. More than 500 residents from the neighborhoods and throughout San Diego signed petitions echoing their demands.
“The community is encouraged by this step toward a mutually beneficial relationship with the Port,” says EHC Barrio Logan community organizer Jorge Gonzalez. “This plan will directly impact the lives of people living and working in Barrio Logan by reducing pollution now and in the future.”
The official Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal expansion plan includes:
Maximum cargo throughput that is 25 percent less than in the original plan
36 new pieces of electric cargo handling equipment
Mandatory equipment that captures and treats smokestack emissions for ships that cannot plug into shore side electricity
Annual equipment inventory and technology review to identify new opportunities for emission reduction
A renewable energy project on the terminal, such as solar panels on warehouse buildings, or an equivalent locally approved program for greenhouse gas reductions