The Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force is a community-led, multi-stakeholder collaborative effort and is part of the growing IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) Network.
This project was initiated and launched in 2015 by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice thanks to a small grant from the California Environmental Protection Agency.
The Task Force brings together residents with community, environmental justice and health organizations, businesses and government agencies in a multi-stakeholder, problem-solving task force to remedy environmental pollution problems in the low-income community of color of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco.
- reduce pollution, protect health and promote environmental justice by improving agency and industry responses to complaints about environmental problems
- educate and empower residents to play a more active role in protecting their community, health and environment and promoting community resiliency
- improve communication and collaboration between stakeholders in order to overcome decades of lack of trust
- multi-stakeholder community-led environmental justice task force meets monthly in Bayview Hunters Point, with meetings alternating between evening and daytime
- Multilingual outreach to invite residents, community groups, businesses and government agencies to participate in the task force and attend meetings, and to educate people about the connection between pollution and health
- bvhp-ivan.org website enables community members and other concerned people to file complaints and tips about pollution problems such as illegal dumping, odors and air and water pollution
- working with the government agencies and businesses to track responses to pollution complaints
- community leadership development and capacity building