Valley Improvement Projects

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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

VIP Featured in Community Food & Justice Coalition March Newsletter

V.I.P. was recently featured in the March edition of the Community Food & Justice Coalition’s newsletter as part of their “Climate Change Stories” series profiling Environmental Justice groups throughout California. Check … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

V.I.P. 2015!

After closing down the Valley Improvement Projects Community Center for Social & Environmental Justice in late 2014 V.I.P. volunteers have been working to determine the best way forward and ensure we … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

CEJC Releases Recommendations to DTSC as They Side with Polluters and Weigh Modesto Barium Removal

Two weeks after CEJC submitted detailed recommendations on how to reform and improve the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) the agency denied an appeal filed by CEJC members El Pueblo Para el Aire y … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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