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Leveraging Partnership: Addressing the Quality of Air in Camden

“Camden City has asthma rate 2 times as high as that of the state average” – as the members of the Air Working Group within the Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI) gathered around the table to discuss air quality issues in Camden, they were motivated by this solemn data. On March 20th, the Air Working Group convened to identify the actions for 2019 to improve Camden’s air quality and its impact on the health outcomes of Camden residents.

During the meeting, members proposed ways to gain support of a truck ordinance for the City. Trucks passing through residential areas without restrictions are aggravating the air quality issues already caused by surrounding industrial facilities. In addition, these trucking routes pose a negative impact on the quality of life of the residents.

In addition, the meeting attracted the participation of PhD students from Rowan University. Students of the Civil & Environmental Engineering program offered to assist the working group with their expertise in research. The group also made it its goals to establish a compilation of baseline data on air quality and related issues. Many members eagerly signed up to contribute to this task.

This meeting stems from our February All Partners Meeting, which was held to realign strategies and implement the environmental justice and education factors into all working groups. For the month following the All Partners Meeting, all five of the working groups convened to set the direction for this year.

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Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP) was founded in 1984 as a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to planning and implementing high-quality urban redevelopment projects to revitalize the City of Camden. We do and focuses on housing, public safety, infrastructure, education, neighborhood initiatives, park and green space development, and to facilitate the creation of employment opportunities.