Five environmental justice grants of $60,000 each have been awarded by Liberty Hill Foundation to community-based organizations in support of their efforts around cumulative environmental health impacts over the next year.
When those of us making up the Board of the new Harbor Community Benefit Foundation met for the first time last Tuesday, there was a sense of accomplishment and of a new beginning in the room. As Liberty Hill's Director of Common Agenda, I was honored to be appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to this board, in recognition of Liberty Hill's longtime and ongoing commitment to environmental justice work in Los Angeles. (If you're new to Liberty Hill's environmental justice work, here's some background.)
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court sided with Sierra Club, Environmental Integrity Project, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Friends of Hudson and Liberty Hill grantee partner Coalition for a Safe Environment by declining to review a lower court ruling that forbid the U.S. EPA to exempt industrial polluters from regular emissions standards during "startup, shutdown and malfunction" events.