EPA Region 4 is creating new opportunities for underserved communities to work with colleges and universities on Environmental Justice and other issues through the College/Underserved-Communities Partnership Program (CUPP).
EPA Region 4 encompasses nine Southeastern states and six tribes.
Environmental Justice is one of the issue areas addressed by the program, as are sustainability and policy, energy issues, socioeconomic dimensions of sustainable food systems, health disparities, and community building and development.
The program promotes the EPA Collaborative Problem Solving Model (CPS), which has been successfully used to address Environmental Justice and other in communities throughout the country.
Michael Burns of EPA writes the program in:
- His recent blog post Building Partnerships Between Colleges and Underserved Communities, and,
- the College/underserved community partnerships program (CUPP) presentation he gave at the 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program.