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About

Who We Are

 

We believe that a healthy environment equals a healthy community, our overall efforts are focused on growing a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more sustainable West Atlanta.

 

As an all-volunteer organization, WAWA was successful in preserving over 400 acres of greenspace from development in Southwest Atlanta and raised over $2 million dollars to do so (even before becoming a 501 c(3) organization). Through a MOU with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, WAWA now operates the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC), a 26-acre urban forest preserve and nature center. WAWA is also the steward of the nearby 135-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and the 200-acre Lionel Hampton Beecher Park; all in Southwest Atlanta.

 

Our Symbol

 

WAWA’s symbol is WAWA Aba or “Seed of the WAWA Tree”, the West African Adinkra Symbol of hardiness, toughness, and perseverance. In the West African Akan culture, WAWA Aba is a symbol of strength and toughness. It inspires perseverance through hardship.

Our Story

What began as a community struggle for environmental justice evolved into an organization that also fosters environmental stewardship. Although WAWA arose from community efforts to halt discriminatory waste water treatment practices in West Atlanta, WAWA has been working in partnership with members of the West Atlanta community since 1995 to protect greenspace and water quality in West Atlanta while educating residents about important environmental issues that affect their communities.

 

WAWA has assisted in mobilizing local residents to not only preserve these areas but maintain and recreate in them. Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, Lionel Hampton Beecher Hills Park, Herbert Greene Nature Preserve, A. D. Williams Park, Lillian Sheppard and Grove Park are but a few of the gems in West Atlanta’s emerald necklace.

Board Of Directors

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D. MPH
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D. MPH
Board Chairperson
Alyssa Combs
Alyssa Combs
Secretary
Warren P. Edwards, Ph.D.
Warren P. Edwards, Ph.D.
Treasurer
Patrice Francis
Patrice Francis
Board Member
Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Ph.D.
Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Ph.D.
Board Member

Our Partners

Since its inception in 1995, WAWA has partnered with West Atlanta residents and other individuals and organizations in the greater Atlanta community to fight for environmental justice and protect greenspace and water quality in West Atlanta, while educating the public about environmental issues affecting our community.