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Arc Ecology: Our Community Partners
Working with environmental and social justice organization throughout the Bay Area
The Alliance for a Clean Waterfront (ACW) is a coalition of 15 environmental neighborhood and community organizations. Formed in 1997, ACW's mission is to promote the protection of SF water resources by advocating the reduction of sewage overflow and contaminated stormwater runoff and wastewater treament alternatives; increased water conservation and re-use; cleanup of polluted soil and groundwater, environmental restoration and enhancement, and the ongoing pursuit of environmental justice.
Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates (BVHPCA) is a grassroots organization founded in 1995. As long time members of the Bayview Hunters Point community, a historically African-American neighborhood that reflects the effects of many years of economic, social, and environmental racism, the Advocates are dedicated to strengthening residents’ control over the economic and environmental forces that shape their lives. The Advocates operate an office in the very heart of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in order to provide the community with up to the moment information on fast-breaking issues and to keep current on community concerns. Major projects include coalition building, community education to assist neighborhood residents in their understanding of environmental hazards, and community organizing to amplify the voices of unheard community members.
Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society. GGAS has a long history of science, advocacy and education. Through advocacy efforts they saved 450 acres of wetlands on lands owned by the Port of Oakland and then, working with the Port, restored 72 acres of historic wetlands to functioning tidal and seasonal wetlands (a $2.5 million project). As part of this project the GGAS now leads a 5-year bird monitoring project on this site, designed by professional consultants and carried out by staff and volunteers. The GGAS has environmental education programs in the cities of Alameda and Oakland that train high school students to be docent instructors on biological education curriculum. http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/
Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is a youth empowerment and environmental justice education organization serving southeast San Francisco since 1998. LEJ's mission is to foster the principles of environmental justice and urban sustainability in young people to promote long-term community health. http://www.lejyouth.org/
University of San Francisco (USF) For the Yosemite Slough Restoration Project, monitoring of water quality will be directed through the University of San Francisco with a focus on local K-12 students. This will include both science and arts faculty. The science teachers will focus their efforts on water sampling techniques and reasoning for these samples using current scientific understanding of principles of water quality with direction from University of San Francisco faculty. Art teachers will be used to develop an appreciation for improving water quality and the impact on the local environment. Training will be conducted by University of San Francisco personnel. http://www.usfca.edu/envsci/undergrad/faculty/lendvay/research/
The Clean Water Fund (CFW) is a national 501(c)(3) research and education organization, founded in 1976, which promotes the public interest in protection of natural resources, with a special emphasis on water issues. CWF's programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action (CWA), a 700,000 member national 501(c)(4) organization. CWA is a national citizens organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. http://www.cleanwaterfund.org/
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