SCSJ’s environmental justice work generally focuses on how public policies and practices allow low income communities to be disproportionately targeted for the dumping of toxic waste, the location of landfills and nuclear testing. However, the principles of Environmental Justice call attention to the need to address these and other external factors that sustain and build community.

Goals

  • Broaden understanding of environmental justice to take a holistic approach to building and supporting environments that sustain communities.
  • Adopt an interdisciplinary way of thinking about environmental justice that takes into account all external factors that impact the emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of nurturing communities.
  • Expand understanding of the physical environment such as the availability of green space (parks, trails, etc.).
  • Promote community meeting places that provide space for people to nurture relationships as well as external emotional, psychological and intellectual supports necessary for communities to thrive.

Accomplishments

  • No Outlying Landing Field in Gates County   Working with Gates County Citizens Against OLF, SCSJ successfully prevented the U.S. Navy from building an outlying landing field in northeastern rural North Carolina.
  • Negotiation of Community Benefits for the New Hill Community Association in Wake County  SCSJ helped the New Hill Community Association in Wake County, NC, obtain a favorable $500,000 community benefits agreement with the corporation building sewage treatment plant in their community. They will soon have a new community center, bus stops for children, and more.
  • Legal limitations on mega-landfills  SCSJ was successful in defending a state law that benefits low-income and minority communities by limiting where mega-landfills can be located.