Partners for Environmental Justice Records 1978-2016

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Partners for Environmental Justice (Raleigh, N.C.)
Size
6.75 linear feet (12 archival boxes, 1 legal box)
Call number
MC 00630
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) Records includes publications, administrative records, community outreach, and photographs by or relating to PEJ, documenting the activities of the environmental justice group. Materials date from 1978 to 2016.

Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) is an environmental justice group located in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner, North Carolina. PEJ began as a ministry committee of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church of Raleigh, North Carolina, Trinity Episcopal Church of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and later St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Cary, North Carolina. PEJ was instrumental in the origination of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

Biographical/historical note

Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) is an environmental justice group located in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner, North Carolina. PEJ began as a ministry committee of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church of Raleigh, North Carolina, Trinity Episcopal Church of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and later St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Cary, North Carolina. PEJ was instrumental in the origination of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

In 1996, parishioners from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh and Trinity Episcopal Church in Fuquay-Varina formed an environmental justice committee to improve the health of the Walnut Creek wetland and to combat environmental injustice in the area. In 1997, members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary joined them and the group changed their name to Episcopalians for Environmental Justice. In 1999, as the committee had joined with environmental conservation groups, North Carolina State University experts, and business and community leaders, they changed their name to Partners for Environmental Justice.

Maxine Highsmith chaired the first environmental justice committee. In September 1996, the Steering Committee approved five standing committees: Finance with James Revis as chair; Public Relations and Marketing with Carolyn Winters as chair; Publications, chaired by Don McCoy; Projects, chaired by page Myers; and Education with Norman Camp as chair. In January 1997, Maxine Highsmith resigned as chair of the committee and Normal Camp stepped in.

Partners for Environmental Justice developed Walnut Creek 2000 as a grassroots interracial project designed to restore wetlands in Southeast Raleigh and to provide economic, educational, and beautification benefits to the area’s predominantly African American community. Walnut Creek 2000 was originally directed by Father Frank Gose, priest at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. For more information about Walnut Creek 2000, see https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/ciwetlands/wc/partners.htm

The Walnut Creek Wetlands Center (WCWC) is the cornerstone of Walnut Creek 2000. NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative collaborated with Frank Harmon Architect on the design of WCWC, which provides and educational and recreational resource located on the city of Raleigh’s Greenway system and managed by the Raleigh Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information about the WCWC, see https://naturalearning.org/walnut-creek-wetland-center/

Scope/content

Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) Records includes publications, administrative records, community outreach, and photographs by or relating to PEJ, documenting the activities of the environmental justice group. Materials date from 1978 to 2016.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series: Publications and Reference Materials, Administrative Records, Community Engagement Records, and Photographs and Slides.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Partners for Environmental Justice Records, MC 00630, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Partners for Environmental justice, 2017 August (Accession no. 2017-0248).

Processing information

Processed by: Jennifer Baker June 2018 with assistance from Liz Wardzinski.

Publications and Reference Materials 1978-2003
Size: 1.5 linear feet

The Publications and Reference Materials series of the Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) includes publications by PEJ, organizations doing similar work, and news publications that highlight the work of PEJ or other environmental groups. This series also contains educational handbooks and pamphlets that were distributed to assist individuals in helping with the environmental cause. Materials date from 1978 to 2003.

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

Adopt-A-Stream Program 1996-1998
Box 1, Folder 1
Beavers and Wood-Snagging 1998
Box 1, Folder 2
Bog and Bag Gardens 1995-2002
Box 1, Folder 3
Brochures and newspapers from National Park Service, United State Forest Service, Burke County Travel & Tourism Commission, Episcopal Appalachian Ministries, and Millennium3--The Future of the Episcopal Church 1997-1999, undated
Flat folder 1
Brownfield Beacon 1999-2000
Box 1, Folder 4
Cape Fear River Basinwide Water Quality Management Plan 1996
Box 1, Folder 5
Capital Area Greenway Undated
Box 1, Folder 6
City of Raleigh Southeast Improvement Study. Part II Economic Development Strategy Concepts and Detailed Action Program 1994
Box 1, Folder 7
Crabtree Creek and Wetland 1998
Box 1, Folder 8
Creating a Healthy Environment: The Impact of the Built Environment on Public Health Undated
Box 1, Folder 9
Design with Nature. Using Ecological Principles in Garden Design: Inspiration and Information 1997
Box 1, Folder 10
Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors: A Resource Book; References on Wetland/Riparian Buffers for Wildlife 1995
Box 1, Folder 11
Educator's Guide at Environmental Programs at Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plans 1999
Box 1, Folder 12
Environmental Fliers and Brochures 1992-2001
Box 1, Folder 13
Environmental Justice 1995-1998
Legal box 13, Folder 1
Episcopal Church 1970-2000
Box 1, Folder 14
Falls Lake White Water Study 1978
Box 1, Folder 15
1997 First Home Calendar: A Guide to Efficient, Healthy, and Sustainable Living 1997
Box 1, Folder 16
A Framework for Site Evaluation, Design, and Engineering of On-Site Technologies Within a Management Context 1997
Box 1, Folder 17
Freshwater Wetlands of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States: An Educator's Guide 1996
Box 1, Folder 18
Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century Undated
Box 1, Folder 19
Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect your House from Flooding 1998
Box 2, Folder 1
How Greenways Work: A Handbook on Ecology Undated
Box 2, Folder 2
Mashpee National Refuge, Mashpee/Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA 1997
Box 2, Folder 3
Massachusetts Guide to Needs Assessment and Evaluations of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Alternatives 1996
Box 2, Folder 4
Nature Conservancy Sept/Oct. 1999; North Carolina Afield No. 2 1999
Box 2, Folder 5
N.C. Center for Nonprofits 1998-2000
Box 2, Folder 6
NCConNet- North Carolina Conservation Network 1999-2000
Box 2, Folder 7
Newsletter of Nature's Spirit: Sustaniable Living in Harmony with Nature and Spirit. Winter 2000, Volume 4, Issue 1 2000
Box 2, Folder 8
North Carolina Environmental Education (1 of 2) 1999
Box 2, Folder 9
North Carolina Environmental Education (2 of 2) 1999
Box 2, Folder 10
North Carolina Sierra Club "Challenge to Sprawl" Campaign 2000
Box 2, Folder 11
Park/Educational Center Pamphlets Undated
Box 2, Folder 12
People for Parks 1998-2000
Box 2, Folder 13
South CAC Comminity News 1997-2000
Box 3, Folder 1
Southeast Raleigh-General 1998-2002
Box 3, Folder 2
Sustainable Development and Natural Hazards Mitagation 1999
Box 3, Folder 3
Fortune: Talk about Tough Competition: How Bill Ruckelshaus is Taking on the New York Mod 1996
Box 3, Folder 4
The Trust for Public Land 2001
Box 3, Folder 5
Wake County Keep America Beautiful 1998-2000
Box 3, Folder 6
Walnut Creek 2000 News Articles 1996-2003
Box 3, Folder 7
Water Pollution 1996
Box 3, Folder 8
Waquoit Bay: National Estuaries Research Reserve, Waquoit, MA 1993
Box 3, Folder 9
Administrative Records 1985-2016
Size: 3.25 linear feet

The Administrative Records series documents the work done by the Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) Board. This includes meeting minutes and agendas from 1995-2016, budgets and expense records, efforts to secure funding, by-laws, the nonprofit status application, articles of incorporation, operating procedures, miscellaneous correspondence, and director’s reports. The Administrative Records series also contains documents from the land acquisition committee of the Board, organizational chart and goals, and information on the group’s membership. Materials date from 1985 to 2016.

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Articles of Incorporation 1999
Box 3, Folder 10
Budgets 1996-2003
Box 3, Folder 11
By-Laws 1999-2001
Box 3, Folder 12
Correspondence 1996-1999
Box 3, Folder 13
Correspondence 2000
Box 4, Folder 1
Correspondence 2001-2003
Box 4, Folder 2
Director's Report for the Walnut Creek 2000 Project to the Environmental Justice Committee 1998-1999
Box 4, Folder 3
Funding (1 of 2) 1995-2002
Box 4, Folder 4
Funding (2 of 2) 1995-2002
Box 4, Folder 5
Funding- A.J. Fletcher Foundation 2000
Box 4, Folder 6
Funding- The Beldon Fund 2001
Box 4, Folder 7
Funding- D. Michael Warner Foundation 1998
Box 4, Folder 8
Funding- D. Michael Warner Foundation 1999
Box 5, Folder 1
Funding- D. Michael Warner Foundation 2000
Box 5, Folder 2
Funding- EPA Environmental Justice Grants (1 of 5) 1998-2002
Box 5, Folder 3
Funding- EPA Environmental Justice Grants (2 of 5) 1998-2002
Box 5, Folder 4
Funding- EPA Environmental Justice Grants (3 of 5) 1998-2002
Box 5, Folder 5
Funding- EPA Environmental Justice Grants (4 of 5) 1998-2002
Box 5, Folder 6
Funding EPA Environmental Justice Grants (5 of 5) 1998-2002
Legal box 13, Folder 2
Funding- Josephus Daniels Charitable Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation 2000
Box 6, Folder 1
Funding- North America Fund for Environmental Cooperation (NAFEC) 2000
Box 6, Folder 2
Fundraising- Red Wolf Project 2002-2003
Box 6, Folder 3
Funding- Triangle Community Foundation 1997-2002
Box 6, Folder 4
Funding- Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc. 1999
Box 6, Folder 5
Land Acquisition Committee 1997-2003
Box 6, Folder 6
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1995
Box 6, Folder 7
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1996
Box 6, Folder 8
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1997
Box 6, Folder 9
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1998
Box 7, Folder 1
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1999
Box 7, Folder 2
Meetings Minutes and Agendas 2000
Box 7, Folder 3
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2001
Box 7, Folder 4
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2002
Box 7, Folder 5
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2003
Box 7, Folder 6
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2004
Box 8, Folder 1
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2005
Box 8, Folder 2
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2012-2016
Box 8, Folder 3
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 2012-2016
Box 8, Folder 3
Meeting Notes 1997-2004
Box 8, Folder 4
Membership Lists 1996-2003
Box 8, Folder 5
Non-Profit Status 501c3 2002
Box 8, Folder 6
Operating Procedures and Rules for the Environmental Justice Committee of St. Ambrose/Trinity Episcopal Churches 1996-1997
Box 8, Folder 7
Organization Goals and Structures (1 of 2) 1997-2000
Box 8, Folder 8
Organization Goals and Structures (2 of 2) 1997-2000
Box 9, Folder 1
Recognition and Awards 2000-2001
Box 9, Folder 2
St. Ambrose and Trinity Episcopal Church 1996-2000
Box 9, Folder 3
Walnut Creek 2000 Maps 1997-2002
Box 9, Folder 4
Walnut Creek 2000 Newsletter 1998-2000
Box 9, Folder 5
Walnut Creek 2000 Website 1999-2002
Box 9, Folder 6
Walnut Creek Environmental Survey 1985-2001
Legal box 13, Folder 3
Walnut Creek Area Maps 1999-2001, undated
Flat folder 2
Community Engagement Records 1997-2003
Size: 1 linear foot

Community Outreach Records document the interactions the Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) had with the local community. The contents consist of records between collaborative groups such as the North Carolina State University College of Design’s Natural Learning Initiative and the North Carolina State University Forestry Department as well as institutions such as Meredith College and UNC-Chapel Hill. Additionally, the Community Engagement series documents correspondence and interactions with members of the Raleigh City Council and its interested boards, as well as many Raleigh City and North Carolina State departments. The series also includes community outreach documents that include programs such as community meetings, community participation workshops, community clean up days, as well as announcements of events.

The Community Engagement series contains information regarding proposed development in the area of Raleigh that Partners for Environmental Justice identified as a location for their work as well as information concerning the populations within that area. This includes information about underserviced populations and area churches. The group also kept records of activities in Raleigh and the surrounding area that had similar conditions to their selected piece of land. Materials date from 1997 to 2003.

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Appeal to Local Churches 1998-1999
Box 9, Folder 7
Clean-Up Efforts 1997-2003
Box 9, Folder 8
Conservation Council of North Carolina (CCNC) 1998-1999
Box 9, Folder 9
Garner Road Improvement Project 1998-2002
Box 9, Folder 10
Hillsborough St. Partnership Clean-Up 2000-2001
Box 9, Folder 11
Lorax Environmental Club (NCSU) 1999
Box 9, Folder 12
Natural Learning Initiative - School of Design, NCSU 1998-2002
Box 10, Folder 1
Neuse River Foundation 1998
Box 10, Folder 2
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources 1998-1999
Box 10, Folder 3
Open Space Advisory Committee - Wake County Board of Commissioners 2000
Box 10, Folder 4
Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board 1997-2002
Box 10, Folder 5
Presentation Made to the Carolina Power and Light Company 2000
Box 10, Folder 6
Raleigh City Council 1997-2002
Box 10, Folder 7
Rochester Heights Subdivision Channel Improvements 1998-2001
Box 10, Folder 8
Request for participation of environmental justice groups in research project at UNC-CH 1999
Box 10, Folder 9
Triangle Greenways Council 1998-2001
Box 10, Folder 10
"An Urban Multi-Cultural Wetlands Registration and Educational Park," North American Association for Environmental Education Conference 2000
Box 10, Folder 11
Walnut Creek 2000 Public Relations Materials 1998-2001
Box 11, Folder 1
Walnut Creek Greenway Park - Legacy Garden 2001
Box 11, Folder 2
Walnut Creek - Instruction and Service Use 2001-2001
Box 11, Folder 3
Walnut Creek 2000 News Articles 1998-2001
Legal box 13, Folder 4
Walnut Creek 2000 Urban Wetland Educational Park 2002
Box 11, Folder 4
Walnut Creek 2000 Urban Wetlands Park Project Transparencies 2000
Box 11, Folder 5
Walnut Creek 2000 Urban Wetlands Educational Park Community Participation Workshop 1998-2001
Box 11, Folder 6
Photographs and Slides 1998-2004
Size: 1 linear foot

The Photographs and Slides Series document many of the clean up and community outreach projects of the Partners for Enviornmental Justice. The photographs date from 1998 to 2004.

Walnut Creek 2000 Cleanup 2001
Box 12, Folder 1
Walnut Creek Planting 2001
Box 12, Folder 2
Wake County Open Space Plan 2003
Box 12, Folder 3
Wetland Park in Summer; Appearance Award Photos (Camp Family) 2002
Box 12, Folder 4
Untitled Slides undated
Box 12, Folder 5
Walnut Creek 2000 Urban Wetland Educational Park Community Participation Workshop 1998-2001
Box 11, Folder 6
Walnut Creek, Wetland Pond- Rose Lane, Hammond Pond, Wetland at State St. 2001-2002
Box 11, Folder 7
Centennial Campus Middle School Preservation 2000
Box 11, Folder 8
Crabtree Creek and Wetlands; Blue Heron's Nest 2002
Box 11, Folder 9
EcoCeuter Dedication- Carnage Middle School 2001
Box 11, Folder 10
Legacy Garden Construction and Plannng 2000-2002
Box 11, Folder 11
Legacy Garden- Entrance to Walnut Creek Wetland Undated
Box 11, Folder 12
School Presentation; Dedication and Award; Planning Undated
Box 11, Folder 13
Scrapbook (1 of 2) 2001-2004
Box 11, Folder 14
Scrapbook (2 of 2) 2001-2004
Box 11, Folder 15
Town of Greensboro Bog Garden 2000
Box 11, Folder 16
Walnut Creek 2000 Cleanup 2000
Box 11, Folder 17
Walnut Creek 2000 Cleanup 2000
Box 11, Folder 18

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
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Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Partners for Environmental Justice Records, MC 00630, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.