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EPA Invites Jacksonville Families to Participate in Environmental Justice Forum; Kids Welcome to Participate in Fun Educational Activities

Release Date: 10/21/2010
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – Oct. 21, 2010) On Saturday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a “Reclaiming a Healthy Environment” forum in Jacksonville where residents can engage in coordinated efforts with federal, state and local organizations, in addressing the public health and environmental challenges of Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1 communities.

Immediately following the forum, families with children are invited to participate in fun, educational activities designed to help them learn about their health and environment. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about asthma triggers, auto emissions, climate change, energy use, lead-based paint hazards, recycling and sun safety, among other topics.

WHO: Gwendolyn-Keyes Flemming, EPA Region 4, Regional Administrator
Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi, Director
Environment and Compliance Department, City of Jacksonville

      Jon Heymann, Chief Executive Officer, Communities in Schools
      Councilman John Gaffney, City of Jacksonville
      Councilman Warren Jones, City of Jacksonville
      Wynetta Wright, Chairwoman, Eastside Environmental Council
      Jackie Lattimore, President, Destined For A Change, Inc.

WHAT: Reclaiming a Healthy Environment forum and environmental education activities for kids

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: Jacksonville’s Children Commission
1095 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32206

The Jacksonville Environmental Justice Showcase Community Pilot is a collaborative effort joining residents, community-based and non-profit organizations, and federal, state and local agencies to address public health and environmental concerns in Health Zone 1 (zip codes 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209, and 32254).

More information about the Jacksonville Environmental Justice Showcase pilot is available online at:
www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/grants/ej-showcase.html