Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice
Anyone who has visited Coös County knows how beautiful it is, so one may be surprised to learn it's also an environmental justice area, meaning that residents have been disproportionately affected by environmental and public health burdens, such as air pollution, proximity to hazardous waste, and greater socioeconomic challenges compared to the rest of the state.
By increasing the amount of C&D that is reused or recycled - and thus, not landfilled - there will be a corresponding reduction in emissions related to hauling and landfilling. There will also be a reduction of C&D management costs and improved access to information and tools so that C&D diversion can continue after the project is complete.
NRRA is grateful for the financial support by the EPA through our Healthy Communities grant and looks forward to hopefully presenting on our own Healthy Communities grant project at next year's celebration!
Finally, we couldn't leave without an appreciation photo of the recycling and composting bins in the presentation room. Certainly something to smile about (plus, check out the helpful image-driven graphic!)