WEI’s East Metro Environmental Justice Education and Advocacy Collaboration (EJEAC) Project is actively establishing deeper collaborations, writing, convening EJEAC Steering Committee members, and working to obtain preliminary scientific research data in the East Metro. Though truly challenged by budget restraints, with the support of a Blue Cross Blue Shield sustainability grant, we have had some important successes.
WEI honors the East Metro EJEAC Steering Committee for its faithful commitment to address the complexity of issues surrounding urban soil contamination and farming. As we look forward to 2013, we plan to continue fundraising and applying for grants to develop the research work, including mapping and more extensive data collection that is needed. We will also continue to build on our relationships with Hmong and other East Side farmers, as well as our alliances with government, institutional, and non-profit agencies.