The EJ TCTAC Program is part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program that is working towards a holistic government-wide framework for providing technical assistance and capacity building resources those most in need to improve and foster thriving communities throughout the country. Region 1 and Region 8 are currently in the TCTAC grant competition phase.
Currently, EPA has selected 16 EJ TCTACs in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy that will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country. The National Wildlife Federation (Environmental Justice, Health and Community Revitalization Program, Climate and Energy Program and Choose Clean Water Coalition), in partnership with the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) and Environmental Finance Center (EFC) and multiple community-based partners, recently received a $12MM award from EPA to serve as the Region III TCTAC.
Core partners NWF, UMD CEEJH and UMD EFC, will lead a Mid-Atlantic Thriving Communities Hub (MATCH) to be an Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center for EPA Region 3, serving the states of DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV and DC. We will work closely with multiple community-based partners as core partners selected due to their experience and expertise in environmental and energy justice work. Using a ‘hub’ approach, the core partners will act as ‘core hubs’, and the community-based ‘hubs’ will allow for service delivery to be more accessible to potential program participants, both geographically as well as culturally, due to their on-the-ground community presence. The community hubs include:
The goals of the Region III EJ TCTAC are to:
To volunteer resources or to inquire about technical assistance, please call: (202) 792-5350 or 1-800-757-1405
National Wildlife Federation (Environmental Justice, Health and Community Revitalization Program, Climate and Energy Program and Choose Clean Water Coalition), University of Maryland’s (UMD) Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) and Environmental Finance Center (EFC), Morgan State University, West Virginia State University; Centro De Apoyo Familiar, Empower DC, South Baltimore Community Land Trust, Overbrook Environmental Education Center, Sussex Health & Environmental Network/Sentinels of Eastern Shore Health.
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