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January 12, 2012

From Toxic Land, to Urban Gardens. Community work is being done by the Fresno Sustainability Council

Here's some information on what one of the sustainability councils (Fresno) has been working on. They're working on creating an Urban garden from a Brownfield, helped by a grant.

“Here in Fresno, the Sustainability Council has been regularly attending EPA- (Environmental Protection Agency) Brownfield training meetings. These meetings cover everything from what a Brownfield is, to redeveloping processes, to partnership’s for making it happen. As we looked around at these meetings we realized that we were the only young people present, ironically others noticed too. In fact, the directors were so impressed with our dedication and support that we have now been awarded with a 35,000 dollar grant for technical support and assistance.  With this we will complete the step by step process of redeveloping and testing one of the 445 brownfield sites in Southwest Fresno, and transforming it into a community garden. This past week three of our council members gave a presentation to Lisa Garcia, Chief of Staff, and Lisa Jackson of the EPA on the work and vision we have for the Central Valley. We are very excited about our Brownfield to Urban Garden Project and are grateful to be given this opportunity.”
-Alice Lindo

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