Tim Fields, MDB’s Senior Vice President, moderated a forum for ReGenesis, a community-based environmental justice organization, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, June 30, 2015. The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, was a guest speaker, along with Harold Mitchell Jr., a South Carolina State Representative, and other local leaders. As a national leader on environmental justice issues, Fields has been involved with ReGenesis for nearly 18 years.
The event highlighted the project’s longevity and sustainability as a successful public-private community partnership that involves residents, local industry, and government agencies. During the meeting, Kate Stanley of Solvay, a private sector partner with ReGenesis, was presented with the annual Timothy Fields, Jr., South Carolina Business and Industry Leadership Award for Environmental and Economic Justice.
Begun in 1997, ReGenesis is a shining example of the successful pursuit of environmental justice in an area located next to industrial and Superfund sites. The project leveraged an initial $20,000 grant from the EPA into more than $270 million in revitalization, clean up, housing, job training, health centers, and other infrastructure. While in Spartanburg, McCarthy also met with community leaders and residents who made the city’s transformation happen.
Pictured in the photo:
Tim Fields; Mustafa Ali, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for Environmental Justice; Harold Mitchell Jr., South Carolina State Representative; Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator; Brad Balint, Solvay plant manager; Kate Stanley, Solvay community relations advisor; Heather McTeer Toney, EPA Region 4 Administrator; and Cynthia Peurifoy, EPA Region 4 Environmental Justice Coordinator.