With limited funding and manpower, EPA focuses its pollution prevention efforts on large businesses. But small and home-based businesses, which are often located in residential neighborhoods, are surprisingly big polluters.
In this podcast, hear what happened when trained, Spanish-speaking community members called promotoras were deployed to engage hundreds of small and home-based Tucson-area businesses in conversations on going green.
Denise Moreno Ramírez, program coordinator for the community engagement core of the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program, shares her experience partnering with the Sonora Environmental Research Institute and reflects on why this culturally-sensitive, community-based, voluntary approach was successful in connecting with businesses—and how it’s making an impact.
for more information, see:
Ramírez, et al. (2015) Pollution Prevention through Peer Education: A Community Health Worker and Small and Home-Based Business Initiative on the Arizona-Sonora Border. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(9):11209-11226.