About Us

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 by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice and is being launched as a pilot project thanks to a small grant from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

The project is bringing 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.

Project goals:

  • 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

Project components:

  • multi-stakeholder community task force that will meet monthly in Bayview Hunters Point starting July 22, 2015
  • outreach to invite residents, community groups, businesses and government agencies to participate in the task force and attend meetings
  • creation of a website and other online tools to facilitate community members in filing complaints and tips about pollution problems such as illegal dumping, odors and excessive air pollution
  • working with the government agencies and businesses to track responses to pollution complaints
  • community leadership development and capacity building