2008 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award
The 2008 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award winner is Carol Johnston of Newark, New Jersey. The Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award was created to recognize an individual or a community group for making a contribution to a Superfund cleanup through their leadership, constructive participation, exceptional dedication, and creativity.
Ms. Johnston is a resident of the Ironbound Community in Newark, NJ. For nearly a decade, Ms. Johnston has worked closely with EPA officials and community residents to ensure the community?s concerns are heard. She has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the poor and the disadvantaged within her community.
Through the development of the Ironbound Master Plan, the Ironbound Recreation and Open Space Plan, and the Gateway Park Plan, Ms. Johnston brought a variety of stakeholders into the development process over the course of almost ten years. Additionally, she annually helps to organize a bus tour for decision makers to impacted areas within downtown Newark so they can see first-hand the disproportionate impact of pollution on low-income and minority families.
Ms. Johnston?s efforts in 2007 for the Ironbound Community included recommending a collaborative community involvement process for EPA to consider, arranging and conducting a personal tour for the EPA Region 2 Administrator to blighted areas, and acquiring the services of a volunteer technical advisor.
Ms. Johnston was presented the award on May 20, 2008, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s 2008 National Notable Achievement Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA.