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Environmental Justice, Neighborhood Strengths & Assets

What does environmental justice mean to you?

  • Everything being equal
  • Respecting your neighbors (not fearing)
  • Conditions in the environment (clean water, heat, air)
  • Protecting your environment so that you environment protects you
  • Land, surroundings, climate homes, water, trees
Neighborhood Strengths
  • Good neighborhood
  • Family
  • Close to work
  • Quiet (sleep well)
  • Good neighbors
  • Historical properties
  • Backyards 
  • Close highway
  • Welcoming
  • Friendly
  • History
  • Most part safe – limited violence
  • Close knit community
  • Love to help each other
  • 60 yr. old stakeholders
  • Accountability from neighbors
  • Friendly
  • Service calls are low
  • Interesting history
  • Cleanliness
  • Quietness


  • Work with churches
  • Working with neighbors
  • Rev. Hailstock

Exploring the Issues: Heat, Flooding, Hazardous Materials & Other


  • 7 Streets – high reduction in tree – see map for specific area
  • Development downtown – reduction in trees
  • AEP cuts down trees
  • Cooler on Florida Avenue
  • No increase in heat, but there has been an increase in utilities
  • Trees are limited


  • Florida & Main Street House has flooding
  • 517 Florida Ave (down from Map Street
  • Grace & Franklin flooding homes

Hazardous Material & Other

  • Unintended speed bump – Peyton Street
  • Leaves on Grace Street
    • Narrow sidewalk
    • Safety hazard

Opportunities for Change


  • Do something about it
  • Report to the fire department
  • Educate myself
  • Attend more community meetings
  • Attend city council meetings
  • Voice opinions
  • Recycle More
  • Report
  • Protest
  • Call the local organization
  • Petition
  • Vote

Do With Others

  • Host more events like this to inform and stay informed
  • Complain to appropriate offices about injustices such as natural speed bumps
  • Attend the meetings – school board
  • Lend helping hand
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Cookout
  • Form a community group that meets up
  • Contact Environmental Justice Team
  • Neighborhood Meeting
  • Petition
  • Take Action

Institutions and the Local Government

  • Listen to concerns and what lays heavy on us to address
  • “Stop talking about it and be about it”
  • Assess situations and investigate


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The Resilience Calendar

  • 2023 Tree Steward Symposium
    Date: September 22, 2023

    Registration includes lunch, refreshments & admission to our evening social on Friday, September 22 at Maury Park. Saturday's event is FREE for all.

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  • Extreme Disturbances and Climate Change
    Date: September 26, 2023

    This virtual workshop is open to natural and cultural resource managers, especially in Tribal Nations and the southern United States, and others who want to learn more about the science of extreme disturbances, their…

  • Climate-Driven Changes in Prescribed Fire in the Southeastern U.S.
    Date: September 26, 2023

    The Southeast Climate monthly webinar series is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am ET.

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  • White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) Virtual Public Meeting
    Date: September 26, 2023

    This free meeting is open to all members of the public. Individual registration is REQUIRED and is available through the scheduled end time of the meeting day.

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