VIP Celebrates #EarthDay50

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day! This now internationally recognized day has its roots right here in California and was started after an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Valley Improvement Projects and its members have long seen Earth Day as a great opportunity to raise awareness about theContinue reading “VIP Celebrates #EarthDay50”

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CEJC Meets with California’s New Secretary of Environmental Protection — California Environmental Justice Coalition

Valley Improvement Projects, founding members of the California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC), represented for Stanislaus County and the San Joaquin Valley at this meeting with the newly appointed head of CalEPA, Jared Blumenfeld. On March 18th about a dozen members of CEJC met with the newly appointed Secretary for Environmental Protection, Jared Blumenfeld, and otherContinue reading “CEJC Meets with California’s New Secretary of Environmental Protection — California Environmental Justice Coalition”

VIP Launches #BringBacktheBlueBin Campaign

Valley Improvement Projects has officially launched our #BringBacktheBlueBin campaign! Modesto had one of the first curbside recycling programs in the country in the early 1970s. Today Modesto sends its “waste” to the local incinerator to burn and does not sort all of the recyclable material out. The local incinerator, Covanta, makes profits off of burningContinue reading “VIP Launches #BringBacktheBlueBin Campaign”

Environmental Justice Leaders Across California Head to Sacramento To Tell Policy Makers ‘Stop Protecting Polluters’ — California Environmental Justice Coalition

For more information: California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) email Tom Helme, CEJC Coordinator, Valley Improvement Projects, (209) 589-9277 For immediate release, August 19, 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE LEADERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA HEAD TO SACRAMENTO; TELL POLICY MAKERS ‘STOP PROTECTING POLLUTERS’ Statewide Coalition of More Than 50 Organizations Representing Urban, Rural and Indigenous Communities Demand Accountability and Justice […]Continue reading “Environmental Justice Leaders Across California Head to Sacramento To Tell Policy Makers ‘Stop Protecting Polluters’ — California Environmental Justice Coalition”

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 out CFJC’s website: http://comfoodjustice.org/ Check out the full edition of CFJC’s March newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1533477/18462f8aad/579294085/e744dd2e0a/ Check out CFJC’s Climate Change Stories: http://comfoodjustice.org/category/climate-change-stories/ Check out CFJC’s profile ofContinue reading “VIP Featured in Community Food & Justice Coalition March Newsletter”

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 Agua Limpia (People for Clean Air and Water) of Kettleman City and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice that challenged DTSC’s approval of a Chemical Waste Management landfill expansion.Continue reading “CEJC Releases Recommendations to DTSC as They Side with Polluters and Weigh Modesto Barium Removal”

California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) to Hold Statewide Founding Conference in Kettleman City

Almost 40 urban, rural and indigenous grassroots groups have United in Solidarity for Environmental Justice! The California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) is a newly formed network of organizations with the common mission of taking action to bring about systemic change in industry and government policies and practices to protect health and promote justice and resilient communities by uncompromisingly following theContinue reading “California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) to Hold Statewide Founding Conference in Kettleman City”

Regional Water Board Votes to Expand KHF

Originally posted on CCEJN:
January 17, 2014 Last night the Regional Water Board voted to approve the staff recommendation to the permit expansion for Section B-18 of the Kettleman Hills Facility. The public hearing held at the Kettleman Hills Elementary School, began at 5:00pm with an overview provided by staff on their evaluation of the…

Donate and Help V.I.P. Grow in 2014!

As the Valley Improvement Projects Community Center for Social and Environmental Justice goes into its sixth month we look back on 2013 as the year that an idea became a reality. Creating a social space near downtown Modesto that could act as a central location for under-represented community members to organize and educate themselves on the issues thatContinue reading “Donate and Help V.I.P. Grow in 2014!”