Academic Institutions – Communities – Agencies Network (ACA-NET) was a multi-year, collaborative research effort that provided technical assistance to environmentally impacted communities of color.  The development of ACA-NET led to the creation of a strategic community, capacity-building model for environmental justice communities regarding the assessment and remediation of threats from the release of hazardous substances to human health.

ACA-NET established the following tenets:

  • Conduct Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Develop a model to enhance citizen participation in Superfund-related decision-making
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Identify existing and relevant federal partnerships
  • Research barriers to effective interagency coordination
  • Conduct a research colloquium to identify resources
  • Research and evaluate the effectiveness of computer technologies in networking with people of color communities, and
  • Compose environmental reports.