NMCF’s Community Program Manager, Valerie Rangel, presented at the 2018 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program in Washington, DC last month.

The theme of the conference was “Enhancing Communities Through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance.” Leaders from various sectors nationwide engaged in a three-day exchange of ideas and approaches to achieving environmental justice. Rangel presented her research on the history of environmental justice issues in New Mexico, along with her current projects for NMCF.

One of the highlights of the event was a presentation by Tara Rodriguez Besosa, founder of El Departamento de la Comida, a project in San Juan focused on rebuilding and offering support to the sustainable agricultural community in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. Click here for more information.

Another impactful study, presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists, found that a significantly greater percentage of African-Americans, Hispanics, and people at or near poverty levels tend to live near industrial facilities that use large quantities of toxic chemicals. This presents a risk of major disasters, with potentially severe consequences for nearby communities. Access the study here.

Photo: Courtesy of Valerie Rangel