Ohio Environmental Justice Forums
Through these community forums, hundreds of Ohioans are joining the conversation about the need for an environmental justice policy in Ohio. This work has taken us on a two year-long journey - traveling to communities threatened by environmental health risks to hear what the people want in an environmental justice policy. These forums held in five locations around the state gathered ideas for policy recommendations and strategies to implement needed change. The ideas were carried from meeting to meeting, in a rolling conversation by which ideas are generated and energy was built - like a train powering down the tracks.
December 1, 2007 leaders came together in Deer Creek, Ohio to review the policy ideas that had been gathered across the state and to draft the elements that would make up an Environmental Justice Policy for the state. A strategy group was defined that represented leaders for across the state to begin to draft a policy that would be presented to potential Ohio state representatives to formulate into a bill.
In 2008, representatives from OHEJ presented the draft environmental justice policy in public meetings where Ohio’s citizens and state and local lawmakers can work together to craft a strong and effective environmental justice policy for all of Ohio’s communities.
2009, OHEJ’s goal is to hold Town Hall like meeting for citizen’s, group leaders to comment of the draft policy and ask their elected representative for support. Check the coming events page for a meeting near you. If your group is interested in hosting an event, please contact OHEJ and we’d be excited to partner with you.
Read more about the forums:
March 3, 2007 - Columbus, OH
March 8, 2007 - Cincinnati, OH
March 13, 2007 - Cleveland, OH
June 30, 2007 - Athens, OH
October 13, 2007 – Toledo, OH
November 10, 2007 - North East Forum
Environmental Justice Community Forum Assembly
Friday, November 30 - December 1
Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center, Mt. Sterling, OH