Miami Law Environmental Justice Project

Environmental Justice Project

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Founded in 2012, the Environmental Justice Project works to increase awareness and provide support to communities affected by issues related to environmental justice throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida.

The Environmental Justice Project:

  • Conducts research into the environmental, community, and public health impacts of environmental justice cases.
  • Serves as a liaison between impacted communities and public officials and policy makers.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." By design, environmental justice blends many of the principles from the civil rights and environmental movements to promote the equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits regardless of race, income or ethnicity.

Currently research is focused on the site placement of a City of Coral Gables trolley depot in a residential West Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Environmental Justice: In the News

“Commissioner Sarnoff: Toxic Soil at Merrie Christmas Park Will Be Removed Soon”Miami New Times

“Community group hopes to buy controversial Coconut Grove trolley garage”Miami Herald

“Miami may change course on clean-up of toxic park”Miami Herald

“City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks “Brownfield Sites,” Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup” Miami New Times

“Miami finds millions to clean, reopen contaminated sites” - Miami Herald

“Miami has a $10 million plan to reopen toxic parks”Miami Herald

“Parts of Colonial Drive Park Closed Due to Toxic Soil”CBS Miami

“Toxic soil forces closure of fields”Miami Herald

"City inaction on polluted soil angers residents" at The Miami Herald

"Contaminated soil found in Blanche Park" at The Miami Herald

"Workers drill down for tainted soil samples in Coconut Grove park" at The Miami Herald

"High level of 3 metals found in soil near Coconut Grove park, school" at Newscastic.