Agenda

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    • April 25, 2018
      • 7:30 am - 4:00 pmRegistration

        Exhibit Hall Open

        Washington Marriott at Metro Center
        Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
        775 12th Street, N.W.
        Washington, DC 20005

      • 8:00 am - 8:30 amWelcome/Opening Remarks

        Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Carolyn Sawyer, Communications Strategist, Tom Sawyer Company
        Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq. Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Chairman, Board of Directors, National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.
        Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

      • 8:30 am - 8:50 amPresentation: Cultivating Adolescent Leadership Development in the Arkansas Delta to Combat Health DisparityEmily L. Harris, MPH, Graduate Student/Research Assistant, University of Central Arkansas Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership Studies (LEAD)
      • 8:50 am - 9:50 amPanel: Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES): Six Paths One Destination

        Clarence T. Brown, MES Program Manager Pre-College University
        Cydney Christian, MES Intern, Hampton University
        Carl Jules, MES Intern Florida Atlantic University

        Indigo Rockmore, MES Intern, Spelman College/University of Michigan

      • 9:50 am - 10:00 amBreak
      • 10:00 am - 11:00 amPanel: The College Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) - Building Community Success through Collaboration

        Michael W. Burns, Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4 National Program Manager, CUPP
        Dr. Brian Knakiewicz, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
        Luke Renner, Professor of Digital Media Arts and Design San Juan College Farmington, NM
        Dr. Shuguang Hong Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
        Farhad Islam, IT Director East Point, GA
        Dr. Gary McGaha, President, Atlanta Metropolitan College Atlanta, GA
        Sharee Steed, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Riverdale, GA
        Etienna Winzer, Director, School Experience Group, U.S. Department of Education

      • 11:00 am - 11:30 amPresentation: The True Story Place: Injecting Indigenous Knowledge into an Environmental Studies CourseEleva Potter, Assistant Director of Student Instruction, Conserve School, Land O’ Lakes, WI
      • 11:30 am - 12:00 pmPresentation: Facing Community ChangeKristen Brogdon, University of North Carolina Wilmingtonn
      • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pmPresentation: Social Mix Policies in the French Eco-districts: Discourses, Policies and Social Effects

        Elise Machline, Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Planning and Architecture Department, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
        Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

      • 12:30 pm - 12:45 pmBreak
      • 12:45 pm - 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmBreak
      • 1:45 pm - 3:15 pmPresentation: Educate, Motivate, Innovate Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Climate Justice Leaders (The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice’s “Educate, Motivate and Innovate (EMI) Climate Justice Initiative”)

        Joanna Mounce Stancil, EMI Co-chair, USDA Forest Service
        Green Infrastructure, Low Income Communities and Environmental Justice

        Kareem Heshmat, Masters Candidate - Texas Southern University
        Impact of Climate Change in Virginia: Discussion on Economic Growth and Low-Income Populations

        Christian Artuz Undergraduate – Virginia State University

      • 3:15 pm - 3:30 pmBreak
      • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pmPresentation: The Urban Conservation/Conservation Community Engagement Efforts of the National AquariumCurtis Bennett, Director of Conservation Community Engagement National Aquarium
      • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmPresentation: Pollinators Under Pressure

        Kim Winter, Ph.D., Nature Watch Program Manager USDA Forest Service
        William Carromero, National Botanist USDA Forest Service
        Tamberly Conway, Ph.D. Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist USDA Forest Service
        Torey Ian Powell, MSW Program Manager, Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships – US Department of Agriculture
        Elvis Cordova, Former USDA Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
        Nabeeha Kazi, Founder/Director - Humanitas Global Development

      • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pmBreak
      • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmWhat Are You Gonna Do?

        Introduction and Screening of the Film: “The North Pole” (A political comedy web series about three best friends born and raised in North Oakland, CA, who struggle to stay rooted as their neighborhood becomes a hostile environment).

        Tiffany Fant, Mosaic Live Co-Founder
        Nakisa Glover, Sol Nation Founder, Mosiac Live Co-Founder

    • April 26, 2018
      • 8:00 am - 4:00 pmExhibit Hall Open

        Washington Marriott at Metro Center
        Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
        775 12th Street, N.W.
        Washington, DC 20005

        Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Carolyn Sawyer, Communications Strategist, Tom Sawyer Company

      • 8:00 am - 8:30 amPresentation: Leading by Example: Mountain View Community, Valle de Oro NWR & EJ IWG
      • 8:30 am - 9:30 amKeynote Speaker

        The Honorable James E. Clyburn Assistant Democratic Leader (Democrat, 6th District, South Carolina)

        Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

      • 9:30 am - 9:45 amBreak
      • 9:45 am - 11:00 amPanel: Equity-Driven Community Resilience in Washington, D.C.

        Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development, Skeo Solutions Board Member, National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.
        Jennifer Li Fellow, Georgetown Climate Center Georgetown University Law School

      • 11:00 am - 12:15 pmPresentations: Climate Justice

        Prizes for Community-Led Deep Decarbonization: From Practice to Policy
        Jorge Morales Guerrero School of Social Transformation/School for the Future of Innovation in Society + The Polytechnic School, Arizona State University

        The Influence of the Environmental Justice Movement on the Climate Adaptation Field
        Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting, Building Grassroots Climate Justice Leadership in Vulnerable Communities: Lessons from a Miami-based Advocacy Program
        Zelalem Adefris, Climate Resilience Program Manager, Catalyst Miami

      • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBreak
      • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pmNetworking Lunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmBreak
      • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pmPresentations: EJ Activism

        Gendered Environmental Justice Activism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Appalachian Coal and the Dakota Access Pipeline
        Casey Byrd, University of Massachusetts (Boston) Clean Water Action Massachusetts

        The Whitewashing of National Parks
        T’Shari L. White M.S., Environmental Studies - Candidate Teaching Assistant - Marshall 218 State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

        The Green Amendment, Claiming Your Right to a Healthy Environment for the Generations
        Maya K. van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

      • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pmPresentations: EJ Strategies and Tools

        Understanding Environmental and Energy Justice Communities’ Science and Engineering Needs
        Dr. Darshan M. A. Karwat, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society + The Polytechnic School, Arizona State University

        Allina Health Transit Impact Study
        Lee Nichols, Senior Transportation Planner, WSB & Associates, Minneapolis, MN

        Delivering Climate Benefits in Local Communities
        Victoria Paykar, Environmental Equity Policy Fellow, The Greenlining Institute, Oakland, CA

        Champions Are Made Not Born—Community Champions
        Sunni Hutton, Dutchtown South Community Corporation, St. Louis, MO

      • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pmBreak
      • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPanel: The California Environmental Justice Alliance’s SB 1000 Toolkit

        Charles Lee, US Environmental Protection Agency
        Tiffany Eng, California Environmental Justice Alliance
        Tony Arnold, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and Department of Urban and Public Affairs

      • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pmBreak
      • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmScreening

        Introduction and Screening of the Documentary “Not Without Us” (A film that follows several grassroots activists from around the world in the lead up and aftermath of the Paris Agreement in 2015).

        Mark Decena, Filmmaker
        Ashley Fakava, Video Project, San Francisco, CA

      • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmNetworking Reception
    • April 27, 2018
      • 8:00 am - 4:00 pmExhibit Hall Open

        Washington Marriott at Metro Center
        Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
        775 12th Street, N.W.
        Washington, DC 20005

        Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Carolyn Sawyer, Communications Strategist, Tom Sawyer Company

      • 8:00 am - 9:00 amKeynote Speaker
      • 9:00 am - 10:00 amPanel: The Social Determinants of Health

        Opening Remarks/Moderator
        Dr. David Rivers, Professor, Medical University of South Carolina and Director, Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO)

        The Honorable Donna Christensen, M.D. Former Congresswoman (Democrat, U.S. Virgin Islands)
        Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis Founding Dean, College of Health Sciences and Human Services, California State University Monterey Bay; Founder and Co-Director, Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training, Seaside, CA

      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amBreak
      • 10:15 am - 11:15 amPresentation: Unlocking the Solar Market: Expanding Access to Low- and Moderate-Income Communities Shubha Jaishankar Solar Energy Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy
      • 11:15 am - 12:15 pmPanel: How Federal Agencies Address Low Income Issues

        Krystal Laymon, Policy Advisor Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office US Department of Energy
        Odette Mucha, Program and Management Analyst, Solar Energy Technology Office, US Department of Energy
        Victoria Ludwig, Program Manager State and Local Energy and Environment Program US Environmental Protection Agency
        Crystal Bergemann, Supervisory Team Lead, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

      • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBreak
      • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pmNetworking Lunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmPresentation of Awards Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmBreak
      • 1:45 pm - 2:30 pmPresentations:

        Drinking Water Disparities in Middle Tennessee: The Origins and Health Effects of Toxic Heavy Metals
        Ryan Beni, Associate Professor of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Tennessee State University
        Sujata Guha, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Associate Professor of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Tennessee State University

        How to Build Resiliency in the South Through Energy Efficiency and Environmental Justice, DeAndrea Newman Salvador Founder, and Executive Director - RETI (Renewable Energy Transition Initiative)
        Board of Directors: Clean Air Carolina
        Board of Directors: Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)

        Nakisa Glover: Sol Nation Founder, Mosaic Live Co-Founder

      • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pmPresentations: EJ Strategies and Tools

        Technical Assistance in Support of Citizen Science and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) at Five Gulf Coast Region Environmental Justice Communities

        David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Director of the Geographic Information Services Laboratory Tennessee State University

      • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pmPartnering with Minority-Serving Land Grant Institutions to Advance Environmental Justice Goals and Build Capacity in Underserved CommunitiesBeattra Wilson, National Program Manager for Urban and Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service
      • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pmComparative Analysis of National Solid Waste Management Policies in South America: The Cases of Brazil and Colombia

        Mauricio Rosso Pinto, Environmental Engineer Masters Student in Environmental Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
        Ana Karina Pérez Peñate Environmental Engineer Masters Student in Environmental Management and Administration, Arturo Pratt University Santiago de Chile

      • 3:45 pm - 4:15 pmUsing Geospatial Analysis to Facilitate Low-Income Energy Efficiency

        Mark James, Assistant Professor and Senior Research Fellow Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
        Joseph Haase, Research Associate Institute for Energy and the Environment Vermont Law School

      • 4:15 pm - 4:45 pmClosing Remarks

        Timothy Fields, Jr., Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc. Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.
        Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager U.S. Department of Energy
        Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq. Chairman Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Chairman, Board of Directors, National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.

     

     

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