Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Not everyone has access to clean water and healthy ecosystems. This is, unfortunately, a legacy of historic injustices in our communities. With Harpeth Conservancy’s mission being to provide such resources to all Tennesseans, it is essential that our work also addresses the environmental disparities that persist among us. These disparities contribute to environmental inequity, or the disproportionate impact of harmful environmental hazards, disasters, and pollution on groups or individuals because of factors such as race, income, or education, among others.
Our goal is “environmental equity” — where no single group or community is disproportionately impacted by harmful environmental hazards, disasters, and pollution. Achieving “environmental equity” requires collective action to dismantle historic legacies of marginalization and to rebuild fairer ones in their place, in other words, to do “environmental justice”. 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.
At-risk communities include not only those in urban areas who may be impacted by locally unwanted land uses (LULUs) such as polluting industrial or sewer plants but also those in rural areas affected by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and other agricultural and industrial pollution. Environmental justice thus seeks redress the unfair shifting onto the disadvantaged of all races the sometimes toxic costs of our industrial society and to create a more just and equitable society, one that prevents the costs and burdens of our society of being literally dumped on its most vulnerable citizens.
The work of environmental justice is what Harpeth Conservancy aims to do and continually improve upon in our programming. We do this through meaningful involvement in water issues that enact fair treatment for Tennessee communities such as clean water advocacy, river education, and community collaboration. We invite you to join us in this daily work to effect change, for what better time than now.
We have some GREAT news to share with you! Harpeth Conservancy has merged the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA) into its programs. After over 10
2nd UPDATE (10-1): Dramatic Harpeth River Floodplain Alteration Being Considered to Enable High Density Residential Re-zoning Proposal at Brownland Horse Farm–Premier Horse Show Farm for Nearly 60 Years
Revised 460+ residential development proposed for Brownland Farm. Earlier proposal to revise city Land Use Plan Withdrawn in early Sept. Franklin Elected Officials Recommend Small
Author: Jake Peters Due to its unique combination of geologic and hydrologic features, Middle Tennessee has long been at an elevated risk for flooding. Traditionally,
Southern Environmental Law Center’s (SELC), Harpeth Conservancy, and several other conservation organizations recently commented on draft guidance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Harpeth Conservancy is thrilled that Dodd Galbreath, Harpeth Conservancy’s Advisory Council Chairman, was recently honored with the TN Department of Environment and Conservation’s 2020 Lifetime