Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region. For nearly 30 years, the DSCEJ has worked to cultivate community leadership, to develop a strong environmental workforce, and to advance groundbreaking, community-centered research.
A cornerstone of all DSCEJ’s activities is the Communiversity Model, developed by DSCEJ’s founder Dr. Beverly Wright. The model supports effective collaboration among communities and university researchers to ensure productive, community-centered research and policy. Relying on this model, DSCEJ launched the Gulf Water Justice Project in 2019 to tackle community-exposure to hazardous industrial releases that occur during major flood events and storms.
With support from the Pisces Foundation, DSCEJ is working with frontline organizations and researchers in the Gulf Coast to develop community-led water policy solutions, as well as frontline-led climate and energy policies through the Louisiana Future Energy Project.
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