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Environmental Justice Community Forum Series (EJCFS) Addresses Critical Environmental Issues in Underserved Communities for Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Washington, DC– The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) and Clean Fuels Alliance America (Clean Fuels) proudly announce the launch of the Environmental Justice Community Forum Series (EJCFS), a collaboration aimed at raising awareness and fostering dialogue on environmental justice (EJ) and the vital role of biodiesel in underserved or disadvantaged communities. The forum series kicked off on Thursday, September 14 at the National Black MBA Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA and will be coming to Washington, DC for the Congressional Black Caucus Conference and Congressional Hispanic Caucus on September 21 from 2:30-4:30 PM at the Courtyard Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center in the Horne Room.

What: Environmental Justice Community Forum Series (EJCFS) – DC

Where: Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center – Horne Room, 901 L Street Northwest

When: 2:30 – 4:30 PM EST

Registration: ​​https://EJCommunityForum-01-092123.eventbrite.com 

The EJCFS campaign will run from August to the end of October 2023, with a series of community forum events and participation in key national conferences. EJCFS events will be held in NYC, Boston, MA, Burlington, Vermont, and Camden, NJ.

The EJCFS aims to share the insights of the Trinity Study with stakeholders and community members in disadvantaged communities to build a national case for the role of biodiesel in environmental justice. The focus will be on raising awareness of the urgency to accelerate biodiesel adoption in disadvantaged communities. Considering the health-related consequences of diesel fumes, particularly on vulnerable populations such as children and seniors, biodiesel is a solution that can be implemented now to reduce the negative impacts of diesel emissions.

Many disadvantaged communities are not included in the growing conversations about climate change, despite often bearing the brunt of environmental disasters caused by climate change. Clean Fuels Alliance America and GWRCCC are eager to accelerate these conversations in response to the increasing climate crisis and its associated risks such as forest fires, extreme temperatures, hurricanes, and flooding while improving community health outcomes. The EJCFS Forum Series will begin the conversations necessary to ensure that no community is left behind in the transition to cleaner energy.

“The EJCFS Forum Series is about sharing knowledge and building a case for biodiesel in environmental justice. We must urgently accelerate biodiesel adoption in disadvantaged communities to protect vulnerable populations from the health risks of diesel emissions. These communities have often been left out of climate discussions, yet they face the worst climate impacts. Together with Clean Fuels Alliance America, we aim to change that. The EJCFS Forum Series starts the conversations needed to ensure no community is left behind in our transition to cleaner energy.” -Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of GWRCCC

Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC), focused on the Washington, D.C. metro area, is one of nearly 80 coalitions in the U.S. that fosters economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Find out more at https://gwrccc.org

Clean Fuels Alliance America: Representing biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, Clean Fuels Alliance America will advance the interests of its members by supporting sustainable biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industry growth. Clean Fuels serves as the industry’s central coordinating entity for technical, environmental and quality assurance programs and will be the strongest voice for its advocacy, communications and market development.https://cleanfuels.org/ 


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