What was the CARE Alliance?
- A forum to learn about environmental problems, toxic exposure risks, and ideas for solutions from your neighbors and experts
- An action group that educated and involved more community members based on their interests and concerns
- A partnership that identified and implemented changes in the city that reduced environmental and health problems for all of Providence
The EJ League’s CARE Alliance was an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded program to bring diverse stakeholders to the table to identify the sources of toxic pollution and environmental hazards in Providence. Community members from across the city, representatives from city and state government, as well as business and industry used CARE as a forum to identify priority toxic hazards in the city and through this process we created an action plan to address our priority concerns.
The CARE project officially ran from 2009-2011 but continues to inform the work of the EJ League as our organization grows and develops. Campaigns that came out of the CARE process include the Gorham Site organizing, partnering with the Urban Pond Procession to restore Mashapaug Pond, supporting city and state recycling initiatives, and our home weatherization program.
Our recent youth-led work around air quality and the GreenD(RI)VE bus project is an outgrowth of our final CARE action plan, which included identifying opportunities to address asthma and improve both indoor and outdoor air quality.
Here are photos from some of our past CARE activities:
CARE participants learn how to test their soil for lead and garden safely.
How we determined community environmental health priorities through CARE:
In Spring 2009, the EJ League formed the CARE Alliance, a working group made up of a variety of stakeholders including individual community members, partner organizations, staff from state and city agencies, and businesses. Together we started by brainstorming all the environmental health concerns we could think of that impact Providence residents, and identified additional issues to learn more about over the course of the two-year project.
Based on our initial issue list we developed community education forums, trainings, events, neighborhood walking tours, and other resources to educate the Providence community about environmental health. We also began taking action to work on issues that community residents felt needed to be addressed immediately.
At the end of this two-year process, we’ve prioritized the issues we think we can make a real impact on and created an action plan to address them.
Read our final CARE Environmental Health Assessment here.
CARE Alliance Community Priorities (October 2010)
Air Pollution and Improving Public Transportation
Brownfields and Contaminated Land
Restoring our Urban Ponds
Healthy Homes and Schools: Indoor Air Quality and Drinking Water Quality
Gorham Manufacturing Site
Access to Healthy Foods
Reducing Waste and Increasing Recycling