Environmental Justice


Robert Bullard, often called "the father of environmental justice," defines environmental racism as β€œany policy, practice or directive that differentially affects or disadvantages (where intended or unintended) individuals, groups or communities based on race.” While people often think of places like Cancer Alley, Louisiana, and Flint, Michigan, environmental racism is present right here in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL β€” pronounced "circle") is a grassroots community organization that has been leading the environmental justice movement in Chester, Pennsylvania, since 1992. CRCQL formed in response to residents' rising concerns about the overwhelming number of waste facilities being built in Chester, and, through community efforts and peaceful tactics, spearheaded several successful campaigns to shut down different polluting industries threatening the waterfront and community.

Join CRCQL and the Penn State Great Valley Sustainability Committee to learn about environmental justice, discover where your waste goes (remember β€” there's no such thing as throwing something away), and find ways to help.