Advancing environmental justice, 1 community at a time
By Nichelle Rachel, Senior Manager, Community Relations
As Clorox continues to celebrate Earth Month, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on an
important issue that sits at the intersection of sustainability and racial inequity: environmental
justice. Today, nearly 100 million people in the U.S. — including 28 million children — don’t have
park access within walking distance of their homes, which leads to limited opportunities for
connecting with nature, being active and building connections with broader communities. This
issue disproportionally impacts underserved neighborhoods and communities of color, which
have historically been unfairly impacted by negative environmental factors.
Rooted in our ambitions to create a cleaner world, support healthy lives, and help our
communities thrive, last year The Clorox Company Foundation launched the Healthy Parks
Project to advance our commitment to tackling environmental justice. Through investments in
community parks, the initiative aims to provide better access to green spaces within
Following our efforts in Oakland last year, last week more than 40 Clorox teammates from our
local operations gathered at Reverend James Orange Park in Atlanta, Georgia, to volunteer their
time to help rejuvenate the park’s facilities just in time for summer. The volunteer event builds
upon a $100,000 donation made to Park Pride to support the improvement of parks and
greenspaces in the greater Atlanta area, where residents in low–income neighborhoods have
access to 48% less park space compared to high–income neighborhoods.
Reverend James Orange Park is named for a civil rights and labor activist who marched with
Martin Luther King Jr. and helped draw young community members to the movement. Today,
the park is a critical gathering space in southwest Atlanta, offering equitable access to a
community pool, playground and several sports courts.