Rep. Carter Highlights NEW Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D-LA) joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Regional Administrator Jeaneanne Gettle, EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stacey Dwyer, Founder and Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) Dr. Beverly Wright, elected officials, and community partners to celebrate Louisiana’s new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTACs).
“I’m fighting to ensure federal investments flow to underserved communities that will foster environmental justice in Louisiana’s Second Congressional District. I proudly voted for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made this funding a reality,” said Rep. Carter. “As one of the sixteen esteemed organizations selected nationwide to host TCTACs, DSCEJ will be critical in advancing environmental justice and sustainable development. This will be more than just a center – it will be a beacon of hope, a catalyst for change, and a hub of expertise. This investment will facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaborative initiatives that empower our community to drive sustainability forward. By addressing environmental justice challenges, we are working towards a world where all Louisianans can flourish.”
In April, Congressman Carter announced that the EPA would grant $10,000,000 to the DSCEJ. This money is for a technical assistance center to help environmental justice organizations successfully apply for federal funds. DSCEJ is among 16 organizations EPA funded across the country to house the TCTACs. The $177 million for the TCTACs around the country was made possible through the bipartisan Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act, which Congressman Carter supported.
“Almost one year ago on Sept. 24, 2022, Administrator Regan alongside EJ and civil rights leaders in Warren County, North Carolina – the site of protests 40 years ago that launched the EJ movement – announced the establishment of the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights,” said Acting Regional Administrator Jeaneanne Gettle. “Today, in partnership with Region 6 and in direct response to feedback from communities, EJ leaders and their partners, I would like to congratulate the DSCEJ for being one of just 16 entities selected nationwide to aid communities throughout the U.S.”
“The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice has accomplished so much since its inception—including building local community capacity to address environmental justice challenges and routinely assisting communities who lack access to federal funding. Their work raises awareness about frontline communities that deserve protection from disproportionate pollution and climate change,” said Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator Stacey Dwyer. “This grant and the creation of this hub represent a step forward in realizing a dream for Gulf Coast Region families to thrive through clean air, water and energy. I would like to extend my gratitude to the Deep South Center for their innovative work in improving the lives of residents in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast.”
“We are thrilled to receive this grant and to be selected as one of only 16 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers in the country by the EPA and the Department of Energy,” said Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of DSCEJ. “President Biden’s historic investments in environmental justice are a result of decades of advocacy by communities like ours in the Deep South and across the country. We are proud to be part of this effort, and look forward to helping break down these barriers to help our communities access the federal resources available to them so our children can grow up in an environment free from the dangers of pollution.”
“Underserved communities across Florida have long borne the brunt of environmental inequities and lacked the tools needed to overcome these challenges,” said Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20). “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, this expansive network of assistance centers will remain a fundamental resource and serve communities that are most in need of support.”
“As a strong advocate for environmental justice, I am pleased to see the EPA’s announcement of a significant $130 million grant to the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. This funding under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America Agenda will undoubtedly play a crucial role in empowering communities across Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District to access historic resources aimed at addressing environmental disparities,” said Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-2). “This investment reaffirms our commitment to addressing environmental injustices in our communities and ensuring that all residents have equal opportunities to live in healthy environments. I commend the EPA for their efforts and look forward to collaborating with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future.”
With this critical investment, these centers will provide training and other assistance to build capacity for navigating federal grant application systems, writing strong grant proposals, and effectively managing grant funding. These centers will provide guidance on community engagement, meeting facilitation, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants, thus removing barriers and improving accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns.
Partners of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice include:
- Xavier University
- Dillard University
- East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission
- Coalition of Community Organizations
- Government: U.S. Representative, 2nd District
- City of New Orleans Office of Hazard Mitigation
- Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
- New Orleans City Council District E.
- Research and Policy: Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice
- Alliance for Affordable Energy
- Healthy Gulf
- Louisiana General Missionary Baptist Convention and the Baptist Pastors Conference of New Orleans