April 28, 2000
On Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in a special
ceremony held on the campus of Memorial Academy Charter School
in Logan Heights, the Region 9 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
paid tribute to the Environmental Health Coalition with its Earth
Day award. Regional Administrator Felicia Marcus presented the
award to EHC Executive Director Diane Takvorian for the coalition's
work in addressing air pollution problems affecting the Barrio
Logan and Logan Heights communities.
The EPA Region 9 Earth Day Award acknowledges demonstrated commitment and significant contributions to the environment in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and tribal lands, EHC was the only San Diego organization from among 46 awardees throughout the Region. Because EHC was unable to attend the Earth Day Celebration Ceremony on April 18 in the Region's home office in San Francisco, a special ceremony was held in San Diego. Groups and individuals were selected from more than 160 nominees received this year from business, media, local and state government officials, tribes, environmental organizations, and citizen activists. An Earth Day Celebration Ceremony for all winners will be held April 18 in the region's home office in San Francisco.
"I accept this award not only on behalf of EHC's dedicated staff and board members, but also on behalf of the many community members who join us in the battle to achieve environmental justice," stated Takvorian. "The fact that we are standing here at Memorial Academy is significant. Thanks to Principal Marco Curiel and the support of the EPA, we now have an air toxics monitoring station at the school."
EHC is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and cleanup of toxic pollution threatening our health, our community and the environment.