The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice recently received funding for a project addressing Clean Production in Louisiana. The purpose of this project is to develop a vision and action plan for implementation of a strategy for clean production in Louisiana. A major objective of this project will be to develop a partnership for collaboration between impacted communities, researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders in Louisiana and Clean Production organizations and networks to address questions concerning moving beyond the false conflict between environmental justice and economic development and finding ways to create a vision of sustainable development and environmental justice that promotes both health and economic viability.
We believe that Louisiana can achieve economic sustainability while protecting health and the environment. This will take a
|A consistent finding has shown that the pollution sources increase as the minority population increases along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor.|
Community residents, as well as, some government officials and academicians in Louisiana have realized the difficult and often adversarial position of addressing new and existing chemical production and potentially damaging regulatory proposals, and now want to promote a proactive, cleaner and more just vision of production so that they can begin to say “yes” to activities. They want jobs and economic development that will benefit people and communities. Clean Production provides tools for Louisiana policy makers, industry, and health and ecosystems (without having to prove the impacts of each chemical or activity), promote sustainable locally-based industry that provides economic security, and address the lifecycle impacts caused by the products that incorporate toxic substances produced in Louisiana.
Contact Information: Dr. Beverly Wright, 504-304-3324