Valley Improvement Projects

Working with the Community to Improve the Community

VIP Advocates for Waste Diversion, Not Incineration

Valley Improvement Projects has been researching and advocating for more waste diversion by recycling, reusing, and composting and not burning our trash, recyclable and compostable material at the Covanta Incinerator … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stanislaus Trash Incinerator Company Fined Over $30,000 for Violations in Delano

Source: Community Complaints lead to over $30,000 in violation penalties FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 Contact: Gustavo Aguirre Jr. 661-889-1917 Ingrid Brostrom 510-717-8482 Air Emissions from the Covanta Biomass Facility … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

CVAQ, Clean Air Action Day 2015

VIP was proud to participate in this year’s Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) Clear Air Action Day in Sacramento advocating for policies that clean our air and improve the … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Memory: Emiliano Amor Mataka 1980-2015

“The greatest philanthropists of all time are not the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, the Gates or the Buffets, they are the nameless, everyday people who display the best of humanity daily, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Air Monitoring Training Workshop

Originally posted on CCEJN:
July 9, 2015 Durham, NC EPA’s Office of Research & Development hosted community leaders from across the United States at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina…

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

“This American Life” Trash Incineration Segment Misses the Point

I am an avid listener of This American Life and I usually love it, which is why I was so deeply disappointed with their decision to perpetuate the myths and misinformation about ‪#‎incineration‬ in … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

VIP Featured on Center for Climate Change & Health Website

V.I.P. was recently featured on the Center for Climate Change & Health website as part of their “Stories from the Field” page about how “Many communities are working at the local level to … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

VIP Seeks to Improve Modesto’s Earth Day Festival

Valley Improvement Projects is grateful that Modesto has an annual Earth Day event and pleased by some of the groups, vendors, and activities offered. Unfortunately, we feel there is a … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

VIP Featured in ‘Stanislaus Connections’

Valley Improvement Projects was recently featured in Stanislaus Connections, the semi-monthly publication of the Modesto Peace/Life Center. Check out for more information about the Peace/Life Center in downtown Modesto. You … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

CEJC Meets with New Director of DTSC, Delivers Civil Rights Complaint

Members of several organizations in the California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC), including VIP, met on Thursday with Barbara Lee, the newly appointed Director of Cal EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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