In 1998, the African American Development Association (AADA) received a small Environmental Justice Grant from the US EPA. The grant enabled AADA to hire Clearwater Revival Company to complete a toxic mapping project of West Oakland.
The Defensible Space Assessment was a collaborative project between the AADA and the Oakland Fire Department. AADA distributed Clearwater Revival Company's neighborhood maps to inform community residents about the locations of hazardous material businesses and toxic waste sites. The Oakland Fire Department prepared a community emergency response guide to ensure residents act predictably during hazardous material emergencies. The community guide includes a right-to-know component to encourage residents to become familiar with the businesses in their neighborhoods.
The US EPA continues to make limited funding available for Environmental Justice Projects. If you live in an environmental justice community contact Clearwater Revival Company for more information on how to complete a successful environmental justice project.