Dr. Yomi Wins 2014 MECCA Award

by Lea ONeal, Publisher of Welcome Magazine

Meet 2014 MECCA Awards Recipient: Armed with a Ph.D. in environmental health and industrial hygiene, Dr. YOMI NOIBI is the executive director of Environmental Community Action, Inc., (ECO-Action). ECO-Action’s mission is to help communities organize to confront environmental health threats, and to strengthen and facilitate participation of communities in preventing and resolving such threats. In particular, the organization focuses assistance on vulnerable communities, most often rural residents and persons with limited formal education. ECO-Action is a community partner to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, (NIEHS), the HERCULES Center at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Noibi has put his name and reputation on the line fighting for environmental justice because Georgia is often near the bottom of the list of states when it comes to policies and programs that benefit the public health and welfare.

In early 2014, he and Emory University’s Gary Miller, Ph.D., conducted a podcast titled; “The Exposome.” The exposome represents all of the things we’re exposed to throughout life, taken together. Some scientists believe studying the exposome could help answer some big questions about what keeps us healthy—and what makes us sick.

Dr. Noibi has dedicated his life to raising awareness of brownfields, (contaminated sites), air pollutants, environmentally sick houses, schools and public buildings as well as toxic mold and asthma related illnesses in children. We say, “thank you” to Dr. Noibi for his support of educational projects that increase the public’s awareness of environmental issues in Atlanta and across Georgia.

EPA Awards over $179,000 to Promote Proctor Creek Restoration

ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it is awarding over $179,000 to three organizations for the restoration of the Proctor Creek Watershed in Atlanta, Ga. Nationally, $2.1 million was awarded to 36 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities.

The awardees, receiving approximately $60,000 each, are the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc., the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc. and ECO-Action.

Read more at the EPA’s website.

ECO-Action Board Member Wins 2014 Ozonoff Award for Studies of Camp Lejeune Families


Richard Clapp, Frank Bove, David Ozonoff and Roberta White

Richard Clapp, Frank Bove, David Ozonoff and Roberta White

Frank Bove, a senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and ECO-Action Board member) is the recipient of the 2014 David Ozonoff Unsung Hero Award for his work as a tireless advocate for communities suffering the long-term effects of contaminated water and soil. In particular, Bove was honored for his efforts on behalf of the families of US Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune, which he documented in his book: A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families. Read more on Boston University School of Public Health website.