The Environmental Justice team works closely with the Mississippi Center for Justice. The team’s ultimate goal is to assist Mississippians, particularly those individuals located in rural and under-served communities, understand and advocate for their rights to clean drinking water and effective wastewater systems. We hope to help Mississippians utilize financial resources available to them to improve their water systems.
The Spring 2021 team composed a policy paper and crafted a toolkit for Mississippians on the issues identified above. The 2021-2022 team will continue to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice on these projects to further identify issues of access to and distribution of funding for water infrastructure projects. The team will also develop policy recommendations, on these issues, to continue our fight for environmental justice in the Delta. This project will offer lots of opportunities for engagement with various stakeholders in Mississippi.
The Environmental Justice Initiative began in Fall 2017, working with Cooperation Jackson to develop a Zero Waste policy for Jackson, MS, to help the City of Jackson to manage its waste disposal in a sustainable way.