Miami Law Environmental Justice Project

Environmental Justice Project

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Founded in 2012, the Environmental Justice Project works to increase awareness and provide support to communities affected by issues related to environmental justice throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida.

The Environmental Justice Project:

  • Conducts research into the environmental, community, and public health impacts of environmental justice cases.
  • Serves as a liaison between impacted communities and public officials and policy makers.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." By design, environmental justice blends many of the principles from the civil rights and environmental movements to promote the equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits regardless of race, income or ethnicity.

Currently research is focused on the site placement of a City of Coral Gables trolley depot in a residential West Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Environmental Justice: In the News

"City inaction on polluted soil angers residents" at The Miami Herald

"Contaminated soil found in Blanche Park" at The Miami Herald

"Workers drill down for tainted soil samples in Coconut Grove park" at The Miami Herald

"High level of 3 metals found in soil near Coconut Grove park, school" at Newscastic.

EVENT
Old Smokey: A Community History

"Old Smokey: A Community History"

When: Saturday, August 23
Where: Elizabeth Virrick Park 3255 Plaza Street, Miami, FL 33133
When: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP to ecarter1@law.miami.edu


Old Smokey Information Sheet

Old Smokey Questionnaire