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MUSC among environmental justice award winners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 21 that MUSC is among 12 winners of its first Environmental Justice Achievement Awards. The awards are expected to be presented annually.
The awards, presented during ceremonies in Atlanta, recognize organizations for their accomplishments in addressing environmental justice issues, such as reducing children’s pesticide exposure, and helping hurricane-displaced communities address environmental contamination.
David Rivers, assistant professor and director of Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) in the Department of Library Science and Informatics, said MUSC competed among 63 national applicants for this award that reflects the institution’s commitment to ensuring forethought and balance in all efforts.
“This award represents the major effort of the entire PICO staff that has worked hard to consider the impacts on human health, the environment and economic development from everything we do,” Rivers said. “Our achievement in demonstrating environmental justice compliance represents our commitment to avoid negative implications from our actions on human health and environment, especially among our most vulnerable populations.”
In 1999, MUSC, South Carolina State University and EPA collaborated on a national conference, “Environmental Justice: Strengthening the Bridge Between Economic Development and Sustainable Communities.”
Since then, MUSC has organized and participated in hundreds of programs and initiatives that build upon this vision. For example, following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, MUSC engaged people from vulnerable communities in dialogues about their exposure to  disproportionate dangers from accidents and emergencies. As a result of these dialogues, MUSC produced a report and television program called, “A Moment’s Notice: Emergency Preparedness and Response.”

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

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