Berkeley, CA (January 27, 2021) — Mapping for Environmental Justice and Herbicide Free Campus have joined Earth Island Institute, a Berkeley, California, environmental organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor to the two projects. Mapping for Environmental Justice and Herbicide Free Campus will become part of a network of more than 75 other projects at Earth Island that work on environmental issues both locally and globally.
Using state-of-the-art mapping software, Mapping for Environmental Justice, based in Berkeley, creates maps that display the intersecting environmental, public health, and socioeconomic disparities experienced by low-income communities of color to identify disproportionately impacted communities. The maps are used by advocates and policy makers to influence public policy.
As a coalition of students, professors, scientists, experts, nonprofits, community members, environmental lawyers, and social justice organizations that work directly with groundskeepers and school campuses, Herbicide Free Campus, a distributed network of student fellows and staff across the United States, works to eliminate synthetic herbicide use on school campuses to provide safe and healthy living, learning, and working environments for students, staff, faculty, and community members.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of Earth Island Institute. We’ve already seen the incredible value of Earth Island’s staff and resources for increasing our impact. In 2021, we’re excited to expand our work to new states, where we will analyze satellite imagery to build some of the first datasets on the location and impacts of factory farms,” said Mapping for Environmental Justice Director Adam Buchholz.
“The foundation of our work at Herbicide Free Campus is fostering inclusive collaboration and advocacy for action towards environmental justice. For that reason, we are so excited to join the Earth Island Institute family — an amazing group of organizations and initiatives across the globe that share our values,” said Herbicide Free Campus Director Mackenzie Feldman.
“We’re thrilled to have Mapping for Environmental Justice and Herbicide Free Campus as part of Earth Island’s network. They complement the array of our projects that are addressing a diverse range of environmental issues. Both the fight for environmental justice and the efforts to protect the health and well-being of our communities are central to our mission. We look forward to supporting these projects as they grow their programs,” said Earth Island Operations Director Susan Kamprath.
As an alternative to individual nonprofits, each duplicating basic administrative functions, Earth Island Institute provides administrative resources and a synergistic exchange of experience, ideas, and energy for more than 75 projects, each functioning with programmatic autonomy, through its fiscal sponsor program. The result is a powerful community working toward a sustainable future.