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Dr. Horace W. Strand, Sr. - CEP Chairman
Reverend Dr. Horace W. Strand - Chairman 610-872-7471
Chairman cepchester@aol.com
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Chester-Upland School District to 11 grade; United States Marine Corps and graduated Kubasaki Far East Dependent School in Okinawa, Japan – honorable discharge from the Marines and graduated  from Faith School of Theology in Charleston, Maine.

In 1979, founded the Faith Temple Holy Church and awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity at Jameson College, Philadelphia.  In 1992, founder and 1st Chair of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL), to address clustering of environmentally unsafe facilities within the community.  CRCQL  provided testimony to NEJAC concerning adverse environmental conditions in Chester and in 1996, filed a lawsuit against the PA DEP alleging the Department’s waste facilities permitting process violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Right Act and EPA’s implementing regulations because it disproportionately impacted the predominately African American Chester residents.  The case reached the US Supreme Court and received national attention.  These actions were instrumental in PA’s and EPA’s EJ policy goals and actions. 

In 2005, Dr. Strand founded the Faith Temple Environmental Initiative (FTEI), an outgrowth of CRCQL to address worsening conditions in Chester due to Agencies and regulations inaction and the lack of community cohesiveness.  Under the umbrella of FTEI and an Environmental Support Center (ESC) grant; the Chester Environmental Partnership (CDEP) was developed.   The CEP hosted a leadership seminar for the purpose of educating and training Chester leadership about environmental health risks and promoting a healthier environment while attracting economic development and fostering jobs for Chester residents.  The CEP consists of a coalition of local, state and federal government officials, academia and student representation profit and non-profit organizations, and community and faith-based leadership.  The CEP addresses zoning, land use, permitting, environmental health and environmental health risk intervention, smart growth, and partnerships to improve the quality of life and safety of the resident.  Accomplishments include:  Federal Environmental Protection Agency National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Chairman of the CEP;  PA DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board member, 1st Environmental Justice Conference in Chester, Delaware County; EPA Brownfields EJ Caucus at the PA Academy of Natural Sciences; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Environmental Justice Task Force; University of Penn Stakeholder Advisory Board member for Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC), Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET);  1st Chester City Host Municipal Inspectors; EPA Collaborative Agreement for Asthma Prevention Project with Crozer Keystone Hospital and received EPA Level 1 Care Grant through Philadelphia Public Interest Law Center.  Dr. Strand is President of Delaware Sub-district churches with the United Holy Church of America North District Convocation, Chester Nehemiah Project Director; an active Chester CDC; Advisor to Lloyd Street Civic Association, Board member of Harrisburg, PA Reach Alliance; Diamond member of Black Alliance for Educational Options.  Awards:  NAACP 1995 George Raymond Freedom, 2009 Wawa Environmental Community Service, 201- PA Resource Council, Inc. Community Service.


“My more than 20 years of experience in environmental justice has taught me that the problems with EJ are national and worldwide.  My expertise and experience will help other communities who are struggling with similar EJ issues today.  I am also impressed with the present leadership and direction of the NEJAC and it would be an honor to serve with the NEJAC members that have a grip on what needs to be done to solve problems of environmental justice in America.”   

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