Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Improving Kids' Environment works on environmental justice issues and has worked with the Martindale-Brightwood Environmental Justice Collaborative (MBEJC) in Martindale-Brightwood and the Hawthorne Center in NearWest. IKE is committed to working on environmental justice issues and has made it a key strategic directive for future programs.
Martindale-Brightwood is a well-established neighborhood on Indianapolis' northeast side, bounded by I-70 on the south, 30th Street on the north, the Monon Rail Line on the west and Sherman on the east. In 2004, residents came together to form the MBEJC, whose mission is to address environmental racism and identify parties responsible for causing health hazards in the neighborhood and ensure remediation occurs.
The NearWest neighborhood is an area just west of downtown Indianapolis that is rich with culture and history bounded by the White River Parkway to the East, Raceway Road to the West, 38th Street to the North, and Thompson Road to the South. The Hawthorne Center has a long history of helping the community they serve by providing programs, economic development and other environmental justice issues.
Our work was initially funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.