In 2019, the Baltimore Environmental Equity Partnership (BEEP) will pilot a community health-centered project focused on waste reduction in the Johnston Square and Highlandtown neighborhoods of East and Southeast Baltimore. This project was developed in response to our 2018 community health needs assessment in the two neighborhoods, which identified litter, dumping and waste removal as primary community concerns.
The trash reduction and community health pilot will tackle waste exposure across the spectrum, from root causes and systemic factors to symptoms of individual behaviour. BEEP will partner with Johnston Square and Highlandtown neighborhoods through education and community outreach, civic engagement and public policy shaping, as well as network infrastructure building to drive behavioral changes associated with waste production at the individual level, eliminate the structural systems that create waste burden on communities, and strengthen our network to deepen connections amongst East Baltimore environmental campaigns.
The integrated approach will include education and community outreach, civic engagement and public policy shaping, and network infrastructure building.