Environmental Justice For Vendors By Vendors
Street Vendor Project’s (SVP) previous campaigns have focused primarily on economic and legal justice for vendors – priority issues for street vendor members. But vendor leaders have increasingly recognized the need to make their businesses healthier (for workers, consumers, and the general public,) more sustainable, and more resilient to the impacts of climate change. SVP is seeking to launch an ambitious new program with the goal of transforming New York’s food carts to a green and resilient industry. Pratt faculty and students will work with SVP and its members at street carts and commissaries (where street carts are housed each evening) to research and collect information from members focusing on energy use, air quality, food waste and ‘to go’ packaging, and composting.