Since 2019, EGS&P has worked collectively with neighbors and allies to create community-driven tree plantings in zip code 80216, the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods. Zip code 80216 has significantly lower tree canopy coverage than other areas in Denver, leading to dangerously hot temperatures during summer months and contributing to poor air quality year-round. EGS&P’s theory of change involves neighbors visioning and re-visioning how they want their community to approach environmental resilience in a historically industrial corridor. To date, EGS&P has planted hundreds of trees through the community-driven tree planting project, and was a key partner in expanding the program to more neighbors in 2021.
EGS&P is currently establishing a community council of zip code 80216 neighbors that will advise a community-based health study of North Denver starting in 2021. In this capacity, EGS&P works with community leaders, scientists and public health officials to create resident-driven participatory research goals. These activities are related to Sierra Club, et al. v. Chao, et. al, an environmental justice lawsuit that addressed the widening of the I-70 highway through North Denver. The settlement establishes a funding stream for a community-based health study and climate resilience activities in Globeville, Elyria and Swansea.
EGS&P is an RNO (registered neighborhood organization), hosting monthly resident meetings that engage neighbors and allies, provide an informative resource for residents on developments impacting 80216, reporting from district area police, and reporting from various infrastructure and CIty planning departments (i.e. Central 70, National Western Center)
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Our neighborhoods have been called three of the most polluted neighborhoods in the country. But more than that, our neighborhoods are inhabited by immigrants from various parts, and that makes us have a very rich culture and traditions.
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