New EPA Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center

The University of Memphis School of Public Health, the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and six other universities have been awarded a $10 million grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help communities across the Southeast advance environmental justice. JPB Fellow Chunrong Jia has been leading the University of Memphis’ effort as they become part of this multi-university collaboration, partnering with the nonprofit research institute RTI International. The REACT4EJ grant will establish a sustainable education center in underserved communities, designed collaboratively with community input, offering adaptable training and resources in environmental and energy justice for lasting impact.

“This is the first cooperative agreement of this kind that the EPA has created with a particular focus of these Technical Assistance Centers around environmental justice issues, so it’s exciting to be a part of something brand new” JPB Fellow Christina H. Fuller, associate professor in the UGA College of Engineering