PERRO is very excited about the launch of our long planned Environmental Justice (EJ) Training Program! This program invites both local youth and adults to learn about EJ principals, learn how to conduct scientific sampling in the community for various pollutants, and how to apply this knowledge to solving environmental problems in our community. The program is a joint effort of PERRO and the Field Museum’s Earthforce environmental education program.
Sessions will be held every Saturday, starting Jan. 25th, from 10 AM until 12:00 PM at Lozano Leadership Academy (corner of Blue Island Ave. and Western Ave. – exact room and building location to be announced). We expect the program to wrap up in June.
Would you like to be part of this new exciting environmental education program? Would you like to learn more about the environmental justice movement? Would you like to learn how to conduct soil, air and water tests? Would you like to investigate potential environmental problems in the community? Here is your chance.
Though the bulk of participants will be local high school students, we have limited openings for others who would also like to participate. All are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, contact program coordinator Stephanie Dunn for more info at….
(312) 768-9949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were unable to make the November 13th Public Forum on Pure Metal Recycling’s proposal to open a scrap metal recycling facility in the Pilsen neighborhood along Loomis St. from Cermak Rd. to the river, we still want to hear from you. Pure Metal Recycling plans to open a facility which will collect and shred scrap metal. To find out more about the proposal see these following news articles…
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In September, after a decade long campaign to close the plants, the Fisk and Crawford coal fired power plants ceased operations. Pilsen and La Vilita residents should see an improvement in coming years of the quality of our air as a result. However, members of both communities asked PERRO and LVEJO (Little Village Environmental Justice Organization) to find out how contaminated the sites are and how that might still effect the surrounding community. PERRO and LVEJO reached out to the EPA to try to get answers to these questions. In response, the EPA has taken a number of steps, including the decision to test air quality near the facilities and to test radiation levels. The idea is to better understand if their is a possibility that contaminated dust or other contaminants are effecting the surrounding community The tests will began the first week of December and continue for a period of weeks if not months. As results become available we will post them here.
We are assisting the EPA is distributing flyers describing the testing. You can download a PDF version of the flyer here: English | en Español.