Environmental Justice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation created this map of "environmental justice" impact areas within the City of Geneva. What is environmental justice? Here's an excerpt of their definition:

Environmental justice is fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no population bears a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or from the execution of federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and policies. Meaningful involvement requires effective access to decision makers for all, and the ability in all communities to make informed decisions and take positive actions to produce environmental justice for themselves.

Our service area is over-burdened and under-represented when it comes to negative environmental impacts. We have smokestacks, wastewater discharge outlets, factories, dry cleaners, gas stations, and two mega-landfills all impacting our air, water, and soil quality - not to mention two Brownfield/SuperFund cleanup sites at the former Market Basket and Geneva Foundry sites.

BluePrint Geneva, Inc. seeks to harness the interests and voices of the residents to address environmental *injustice* in our community! Our latest effort, an online landfill-odor-complaint service, allows anyone who detects that distinctive aroma of trash to log the date and time of the incident and have their complaint transmitted to elected officials and the DEC directly.