You may remember mention of the West/Central Salt Lake City Children’s Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Initiative in our recent post "The West Side: The Real Story."
The Children’s Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Project began in the fall of 2009 when federal, state, and local agencies came together to work on a federally-funded environmental justice project that pools their collective resources and expertise on the best ways to improve children’s health in the west/central area of Salt Lake City, UT. Since then, a number of organizations have joined the founding agencies to begin improving children’s health and the environment. Currently, the project team is working on a plan to conduct a needs assessment in the community. Once this assessment is done, the team will begin working closely with community leaders and residents to talk about how they begin solving community issues and improving the community’s quality of life. The long term goal of the project is to reduce environmental impacts on children’s health through the promotion of healthier environments where children live, learn, and play. We also hope to use the lessons learned to guide the design and implementation of future community-based collaborative projects to further our ability to address local and environmental challenges in more effective, efficient, and sustainable ways.
To get the latest update on recent progress and future goals of the Children’s Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Project, check out their Winter 2011 Newsletter.