Saturday, September 5, 2009

IBNA secures award

by Alex Lantsberg

The India Basin Neighborhood Association (IBNA) has been awarded a three-year Technical Assistance Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate public input into the cleanup of Hunters Point Shipyard. The Hunters Point Shipyard, a Federal Superfund site, was shuttered in 1974 and in 1993, slated for eventual transfer to the City of San Francisco.

IBNA will engage a multi-faceted outreach program focused on leveraging its members’ involvement in the Bayview Hunters Point community’s civic and cultural life, producing and presenting accessible technical reviews across a variety of media, and facilitating public discussion of cleanup proposals and activities throughout the grant period. IBNA is currently preparing a Request for Proposals from qualified environmental consultants.

Specifically, IBNA's outreach activities will consist of publication of cleanup fact sheets in multiple languages; distribution of fact sheets at commercial, cultural, and civic events; operation and maintenance of a website and mail list-serve for posting and distribution of cleanup fact sheets and consultant work product and discussion of cleanup proposals; and presentations and regular updates to neighborhood organizations and individuals.

IBNA has been in existence since 1993, when it formed as the Innes Avenue Coalition to advocate for quality of life improvements in the neighborhood immediately outside Hunters Point Shipyard’s northern gate. IBNA is governed by a seven member board of directors who are elected by the membership for 3 year terms.

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