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  • Blog: Building the Next Generation of Climate Justice Leaders

     

    About the Author: Joanna Stancil is the Senior Advisor for State and Private Forestry at the U.S. Forest Service. She is a member of the Climate Change Sub-Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. This subcommittee is responsible for leading the charge of the EMI Climate Justice Initiative.

    If the future belongs to our youth, then we must include our youth in addressing our future’s key issues, such as climate change and climate justice.

    In 2015, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG), in collaboration with the White House, announced the Educate, Motivate, and Innovate (EMI) Climate Justice Initiative. The goals of this initiative are to educate by providing a two-way learning experience, motivate by igniting interest in climate justice, and innovate by embracing opportunities for creative thought and action.

    This initiative would be incomplete, however, if it did not target those most disproportionately impacted by climate change. It has been well documented that the impacts of a warming and increasingly unstable climate are already weighing more heavily on underserved, low-income, minority, and tribal communities. That’s why the EMI initiative builds collaborative relationships between federal government agencies and Minority-Serving Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.

    Earlier this year, three students were selected and asked to share the projects they had been developing in their local communities during the EMI’s inaugural training workshop held as part of the 2016 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program.

    The workshop focused on the effects of climate change on communities and featured training on EPA’s EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening tool that provides users powerful data and mapping capabilities to access environmental and demographic information. Hands-on training with EJSCREEN allowed participants to explore how the tool can help them identify and better understand potential community vulnerabilities. Users identified communities they were concerned about and used the tool to better understand demographic and environmental trends for the area.

    Due to the success of the inaugural EMI workshop, we are excited to announce that the 2nd annual EMI workshop will be held during the March 8-10, 2017 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program in Washington, DC.

    The EMI initiative has released the Call for Student Abstracts to all students attending Minority Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities, who are interested in participating in the EMI workshop. The workshop at the 2017 National Environmental Justice Conference will provide a forum for the selected students to share their work addressing the impacts of climate change on communities with environmental justice concerns.

    We are looking for abstracts that address resiliency, adaptation and mitigation with a focus on relationships between climate change and climate justice and human health, environmental health, culture, traditional practices, and/or economic development.

    Of particular interest are:

    • Technical environmentalism – green apps
    • Geo-mapping
    • Forest or landscape impacts and community solutions
    • Traditional ecological knowledge
    • Capacity building
    • Green and renewable energy: just transition, just sustainability
    • Climate change impacts: water/sewer infrastructure enhancement
    • Wetlands protection
    • Human health and safety reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
    • Impact of residential and commercial development
    • Interested individuals should visit this webpage, or contact Joanna Stancil for additional information on how to submit their abstract.

    These young minds are indeed the next generation of climate justice leaders and we are honored to offer opportunities for them to expand their knowledge about the environment and climate and to hone their leadership skills. We truly believe that with help from these young people, we will be able to address our climate concerns with solutions that are equitable and sustainable.

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    CONFERENCES JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

    AND REDUCE HEALTH DISPARITIES

    Washington, D.C. — After eight years as separate entities and much discussion of ways to enhance their collective impact, two long-running national programs have joined forces to promote healthy communities, reduce health disparities and address environmental injustice.

    The Ninth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities and the National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program will present “A National Dialogue for Building Healthy Communities,” March 9-12, 2016, in Washington, DC.

    “Though each program has been impactful in its own right, organizers believe that presenting a unified program offers great opportunities to deliver important information to a larger audience,” said Dr. David E. Rivers, Associate Professor and Public Information and Community Outreach Director at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Rivers has been Chair of the National Conference on Health Disparities since that program’s inception in 2007.

    Benjamin F. Wilson, Board Chairman of National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc., said, “It is an honor and privilege for our conferences to run simultaneously so we may address the interconnection between health disparities and environmental justice. Even in the healthiest communities, age-old disparities persist and exact a toll on the quality of life and economic resources.”

    This year’s combined Agenda includes many of the elements that have made both conferences relevant since their inception, including nine moderated panel discussions among experts in community and environmental health, public policy, community-based activism, economic development, environmental justice and the social determinants of health. The program includes a discussion by members of the National Environmental Policy Commission, entitled “The connection between Public Health and Environmental Justice,” and an overview of climatic impact on human health and the environment, entitled “Climate Change: A Global Reality.”

    Numerous Keynote and Luncheon speakers – including U.S. Congressman and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina – are scheduled to appear. Congressman Clyburn is an original proponent of the unique relationship between human health, environmental quality, environmental justice and economic development in healthy communities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Gina McCarthy will address the conference as the lead Federal agency for the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice.

    Event: The 2016 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program and The 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities: “A National Dialogue for Building Healthy Communities”

    Dates March 9-12, 2016

    Site Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
    901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
    Telephone: 202.824.9200

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    NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

    RECEIVES AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION 2015 NATIONAL PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARD

     

    (Washington, DC) – April 14, 2015. The American Planning Association (APA) has selected NEJC Board of Directors Member and South Carolina State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. and the ReGenesis Project (Spartanburg, South Carolina) for its 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change (in Honor of Paul Davidoff).

    APA’s national awards program, the profession’s highest honor, is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country — and the world. Seventeen recipients were selected to receive APA’s National Planning Excellence Awards and 12 recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards. The award recipients consisting of planning firms, civic organizations, municipalities, and individuals will be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Seattle.

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    2015 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING

    PROGRAM CONCLUDES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

     Attendees from several nations participate in legendary environmental justice event 

    (Washington, DC) – April 1, 2015— The 2015 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program (NEJC) held in Washington, D. C. offered three days of high quality educational programming and panel discussions to the more than 500 registrants. As the attendees met to share best practices, challenges and discuss environmental justice (EJ), this year’s National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, which focused on Climate Change and Climate Justice—held March 11-13, 2015—proved to be highly successful. The NEJC’s first ever Youth/Emerging Leaders Summit, which took place the first day of the conference, was overwhelmingly received and will be added as a part of future conferences.

    During the conference, attendees had the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of representatives from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, business and industry leaders. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy served as the Keynote Speaker on day two of the conference. She was joined by other acclaimed leaders in the environmental justice industry and experts on climate change, including Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U. S. Department of Energy, Dr. John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Environmental Justice Federal Policy Analyst, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, The Honorable Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader (D-SC) and The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, M.D., former Congresswoman (D-U.S.V.I.).

    The 2015 NEJC’s agenda provided workshops, panel discussions, Q&A segments, training opportunities, as well as networking lunches and receptions. It explored a plethora of topics including the growing presence of youth in EJ and the future of the EJ movement; incorporating EJ into the National Environmental Policy Act Process, increasing the use of film, storytelling and social media, and the use of Title VI to address EJ. It focused on interactive and innovative ways to enhance communities and provided ways for improved productivity and efficiency. The continued partnership with Howard University School of Law produced an array of networking opportunities among students, faculty, community, business and government leaders and also included EJ presentations from Germany, Taiwan and Australia.

    The 2016 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will be held March 9-12, 2016 in Washington, D. C., jointly with the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities. The theme will be “A National Dialogue for Building Healthy Communities.” To learn more about the conference or the NEJC, visit www.thenejc.org.

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    The National Environmental Justice Conference Honors EJ Leaders and Pioneers

    (Washington, DC) – April 1, 2015— The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. (NEJC) honored Louisiana Wright Sanders, Congressman James E. Clyburn and the Indigenous Environmental Network at this year’s National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, which was held March 11-13, 2015 in Washington, D. C.

    Ms. Louisiana Wright Sanders was honored for her tireless efforts to assist those residents affected by the 2005 rail disaster in Graniteville, SC. Her pursuit of environmental justice for the residents of Graniteville led to the establishment of the Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology Study Center (GRACE). Congressman James E. Clyburn was recognized for his unwavering support of the National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. and the Environmental Justice Braintrust. Congressman Clyburn has consistently supported the growth and development of the field of environmental justice, and brought together diverse stakeholder groups together to resolve complex environmental justice concerns. The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was praised for their efforts in building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both Indigenous people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

    To learn more about the conference or the NEJC, visit www.thenejc.org.

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    PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE

    2015 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE & TRAINING PROGRAM

     

    (Washington, DC) –October 8, 2014— The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. (NEJC) positions themselves for another successful event as the 2015 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program approaches.

    From March 11-13, 2015, leaders will gather to discuss environmental justice (EJ), building healthy, sustainable communities, and other related topics. This three-day series of discussions brings together members of the government, academics, communities, tribes, students and businesses to share ideas and concerns regarding EJ.

    The 2014 conference was quite successful, with over 400 registrants, including Federal government, state and local representatives, tribal, and grass route communities, industry, academia and students. It explored an array of topics including Title VI, Health Disparities and Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The conference continued training segments that focused on EJ training, grant writing, technical assistance and more. It also focused on the enhancement of communities and provided ways for improved productivity and efficiency. Attendees were addressed by speakers ranging from The Honorable David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Arthur “Butch” Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture; Congressman James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader, (D-6th District, SC); and Congresswoman Donna Christensen, MD (D-U.S.V.I.) to community activist and pastor, Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Senior Servant, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D. C.

    While the speakers and topics change from year-to-year and are still in the process of being confirmed, this year’s conference will have a special focus on climate justice, and attendees can expect new, innovative and interactive experiences building on last year’s conference with panel discussions and Q&A segments. Training programs and networking opportunities are also part of the 2015 agenda.

    This year’s conference will also feature a Youth/Emerging Leaders Summit will showcase the efforts of our young and emerging leaders and warriors in the EJ struggle.

    Those interested in attending the conference may register at www.thenejc.org. Registration is free for all students, faculty, community members and grass roots organizations, and government employees.

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    2014 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE

    & TRAIN-ING PROGRAM CONCLUDES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

    Attendees from all over the nation participate in legendary environmental justice event

    (Washington, DC) – April 16, 2014— The 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Pro-gram (NEJC) offered more than 20 hours of high quality educational programming and panel discussions to more than 400 registrants during a three-day event in Washington, D.C.

    As the attendees met to share best practices, challenges and discuss environmental justice (EJ), this year’s National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program—held March 26-28—proved to be the most successful conference yet, with the highest attendance in NEJC history.

    During the conference, attendees had the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of representatives from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, business and industry leaders. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC), served as the Keynote Speaker on day two of the conference. He was joined by other acclaimed leaders in the environmental justice industry, including The Honorable Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen, M.D., (D-U.S.V.I.) and a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy and Arthur “Butch” Blazer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

    The 2014 NEJC’s agenda provided workshops, panel discussions, Q&A segments, training opportunities, as well as networking receptions. It explored a plethora of topics including the growing presence of youth in EJ, the future of the EJ movement and the use of Title VI to address EJ. It focused on interactive and innovative ways to enhance communities and provided ways for improved productivity and efficiency. The continued partnership with Howard University School of Law produced an array of networking opportunities among students, faculty, community, business and government leaders. A reception was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12898 on EJ. Many attendees gathered to pay special tribute and honor those in EJ who have been a part of the EJ movement for the past 20 years and continue to fight for environmental equity. Environmental justice gives a voice to communities through civil rights and environmental protection that have been historically excluded from environmental decision making. The 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program gave a voice to all.

    The 2015 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will be held March 11-13, 2015; registration begins June 2, 2014. To learn more about the conference or the NEJC, visit www.thenejc.org.

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    FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE

    2014 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE & TRAINING PROGRAM

    Conference returns to D.C. March 26-28, 2014 and announces keynote speakers for the program

    (Washington, DC) – March 3, 2014— The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. primes itself for another successful event as hundreds of guests prepare to attend the 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program.

    On March 26-28, 2014, members of the government, academia, communities, tribes, and businesses are provided with the opportunity to share ideas and concerns regarding environmental justice, building healthy, sustainable communities, and other related topics. While the program is held annually, attendees can look forward to new, innovative and interactive experiences building on last year’s conference.

    There will be many notable presentations at this year’s conference and several keynote speakers including Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader. Clyburn’s experience and leadership within the environmental justice community make him a highly anticipated guest. The Congressman will address attendees on the second day of the conference – March 27th at 10:45 a.m. Clyburn’s address will be followed by Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, has been invited to give the opening keynote address. On Friday, March 28th U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Arthur “Butch” Blazer, will address the conference. Closing the conference will be Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Senior Servant of historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C, who is known for his congregation’s social service contributions.

    A noteworthy addition to this year’s agenda will be a special tribute in which the Department of Energy joins the conference organizers in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, which will culminate with a program and reception on day two of the conference. All participants at the 2014 conference are invited to attend.

    Those interested in attending the conference and anniversary celebration may register at www.thenejc.org. Registration is free for all students, faculty, community members and grass roots organizations, and government employees. For corporate members and other attendees, the registration fee is $125.

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    PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE 2014 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    CONFERENCE & TRAINING PROGRAM

    Conference returns to D.C. March 26-28, 2014 with a celebration of the past and upcoming 20 years of environmental justice

    (Washington, DC) –October 25, 2013— The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. (NEJC) positions themselves for another successful event as the 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program approaches.

    From March 26-28, 2014, leaders will gather to discuss environmental justice (EJ), building healthy, sustainable communities, and other related topics. This three-day series of discussions brings together members of the government, academics, communities, tribes, students and businesses to share ideas and concerns regarding EJ.

    “This gathering is about the change we need to make in our communities and the people who want to be involved in making our neighborhoods and our nation a better place to live,” said Lloyd Moore, Executive Director and Conference Coordinator for the NEJC. “We are already receiving a record number of inquiries and early registrations to attend the 2014 event, and that’s the most transparent way to demonstrate the magnitude of the environmental needs and issues that surround us. I’m looking forward to the 2014 event and the wealth of information that attendees will gain and execute in their respective neighborhoods and areas of practice.”

    While the speakers and topics change from year-to-year and are still in the process of being confirmed, attendees can expect new, innovative and interactive experiences building on last year’s conference with panel discussions and Q&A segments. Training programs and networking opportunities are also part of the 2014 agenda.

    This year’s conference will also be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Executive Order No. 12898, a policy executed by Former President Bill Clinton. The special event will take place on Thurs., March 27th, validating the subtheme of the 2014 conference as Environmental Justice: The Next 20 Years.

    Those interested in attending the conference and anniversary celebration may register at www.thenejc.org. Registration is free for all students, faculty, community members and grass roots organizations, and government employees.

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    ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THE 2013 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL

    JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM

    (Washington, D.C.) –April 10, 2013—As hundreds met to discuss the challenges and possible solutions surrounding Environmental Justice (EJ), this year’s National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program (NEJC) proved to be the best conference to date.

    Hosted in Washington D.C., the 2013 NEJC took place on April 3-5 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Leaders gathered to discuss EJ, building healthy, sustainable communities and other related topics. This three-day series of discussions brought together members of the government, academics, communities, tribes, students and businesses to share ideas and concerns regarding EJ.

    Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, served as the Keynote Speaker on day two of the conference. He was joined by the Honorable Congresswoman Donna Christensen, MD., U.S. Virgin Islands and the Assistant Administrator, Mathy Stanislaus, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    A reception was held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of EJ Program and the 16 other Interagency Working Group Members’ celebration of EJ. Many attendees gathered to remember and pay tribute to the former heroes and ‘sheroes,’ and to celebrate those who are collaborating at the forefront for of EJ for all.

    The continued partnership with Howard University School of Law provided opportunities for students, faculty, community, business, government leaders and others involved in EJ to share best practices and lessons learned for capacity building and sustainability.

    More than 300 attendees participated in this year’s conference. Communication, information sharing and networking was plentiful throughout the entire conference. This national conference allowed all a voice and seat at the table. EJ, Civil Rights and environmental protection are the holistic approach to achieving EJ.

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    PREPARATIONS FINALIZED FOR THE 2013 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    CONFERENCE & TRAINING PROGRAM

    Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman is one of many speakers to grace the agenda in honor of 20 years of Environmental Justice at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency

    (Washington, DC) –March 11, 2013— The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. positions themselves for another successful event as the 2013 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program approaches.

    From April 3-5, 2013 leaders will gather to discuss environmental justice (EJ), building healthy, sustainable communities, and other related topics. This three-day series of discussions brings together members of the government, academics, communities, tribes, students and businesses to share ideas and concerns regarding EJ.

    With numerous individuals set to speak this year, among them is keynote speaker Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy. Poneman was selected by President Obama to be the Deputy Secretary of Energy in April 2009, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate a month later. His experience and success in the industry make him a much anticipated guest, and he will address attendees on the second day of the conference–April 4 at 9 a.m.

    While the speakers and topics change from year-to-year, attendees can expect new, innovative and interactive experiences building on last year’s conference, with panel discussions, and Q&A segments. Training programs and networking opportunities are also part of this year’s agenda.

    One addition to this year’s agenda is a special tribute with the Department of Energy joining the Environmental Protection Agency in celebrating 20 years of environmental justice, which will culminate with a reception on day two of the conference. All participants at the 2013 conference are invited to attend.

    Those interested in attending the conference and anniversary celebration may register at www.thenejc.org. Registration is free for all students, faculty, community members and grass roots organizations, and government employees. For corporate and other attendees, the registration fee is $125.

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    2013 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program

     Excited For Another Successful Year

    (Washington, DC) –July 24, 2012— On the heels of its outstanding 2012 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, the National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. (NEJC) is thrilled to announce the dates for its 2013 conference – April 3-5, 2013.

    Once more, NEJC leaders are calling upon various members from all walks of life to participate in an innovative three-day discussion of advancing environmental justice through people, policy and change.

    This year, hundreds of attendees including federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, businesses small and large as well as public interest groups, academia and other entities united to share and discuss views, challenges and solutions for the very important topic of environmental justice (EJ).

    The 2012 conference agenda included panel discussions, Q&A segments, online and inperson training and a wide array of networking opportunities. It explored a range of topics including Title VI, Health Disparities and Community Solutions. Various training segments focused on EJ training, grant writing, technical assistance, the enhancement of communities and provided ways for improved productivity and efficiency.

    To add to the excitement, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Howard University School of Law and various other Federal agencies joined together to provide expertise, as well as to be a sounding board to those in attendance.

    Anyone ready to openly engage in conversation on a variety of viewpoints and EJ strategies should mark their calendars to take advantage of this action packed conference. With all the success of last year, the NEJC has high hopes that the 2013 conference and training program will be the best one yet and a conference not to miss.

    The 2013 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will take place in Washington, DC, April 3-5, 2013. The Conference will be held at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington DC, 20008 on April 3, 2013, and the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington DC, 20005 on April 4-5, 2013. To register your attendance or to submit your interest as a speaker, visit the Conference website at www.thenejc.org.

    A large array of sponsorship levels offer companies, agencies, groups and individuals a variety of ways to contribute. Levels range from $1,250 for a hall exhibit display, all the way up to a Platinum $20,000 sponsorship which includes, but are not limited to, a logo featured on all conference materials, acknowledgement in conference publications, a free exhibit hall display, complimentary conference registration, and a full page ad in the conference program. For information on sponsorship packages and opportunities contact Lloyd Moore, Conference Coordinator, email@thenejc.org. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.

    Stay in touch with the 2013 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/thenejc and via twitter at: www.twitter.com/nejc2013.

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    Environmental Justice 20th Anniversary Video Series

    NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE, INC. DISCUSSES THE 2012

    NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM

    WASHINGTON, DC (May 8, 2012) – On April 11 – 13, 2012, the Board of Directors of the National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. (“NEJC”) held the 2012 National Environment Justice Conference and Training Program in Washington, D. C. Sponsors included the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the U. S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Department of Energy, Sodexo, Waste Management, URS, MDB, Inc., Restoration Services, Inc., Beveridge & Diamond, P. C., and Pepco. Total attendance for the conference and training programs was between 275 and 300 persons per day.

    Attendees included Federal government employees, state and local government officials, and tribal officials. There were also representatives of small and large businesses, grass roots organizations, public interest groups, students and members of the academic community. Participants were ethnically diverse and included many African-American, Latino, Native Alaskan and Asian community members and activists.

    This year’s conference was different from the five previous national environmental justice conferences that had been organized by the Board of Directors of NEJC. Notably, NEJC retained a new conference coordinator. The conference name was also changed to reflect the addition of a training program which for the first time allowed Federal employees, corporate professionals and others attending the conference to earn professional-level education credit.

    There were a number of reasons for these changes. First, the Board of Directors decided to move in a different direction with respect to conference content and focus. Second, there was a desire to enhance and increase the partnership between the Board and their federal agency sponsors. NEJC was successful in this effort and the 2012 Conference and Training Program was co-sponsored by EPA; with EPA providing much greater support than it had for previous conferences. In addition to the increased financial support, EPA also provided media support, blogs and taped interviews.

    Third, there was a desire to increase the participation of community-based groups, federal agency employees, youth and all stakeholders seeking to advance the understanding of environmental justice. Progress was made for the 2012 Conference and Training Program as the Board placed a greater emphasis this year on including more grassroots, community-based, and youth participants in the conference planning process. Additional work remains to be done in this regard as the Board moves forward. Fourth, there was also a goal to increase corporate sponsorship for the conference.

    As a result of this increased support and sponsorship from EPA, other federal agencies, and our corporate sponsors, NEJC was able to make registration free to all attendees with the exception of those from the private sector.

    In order to make clear the new direction of the conference, the Board chose not to use the name which had been used for the five previous conferences. The Board of Directors of NEJC will continue to promote and conduct an annual environmental justice conference and training program in Washington, D. C. and is pleased with the success of the 2012 Conference and Training Program, as well as the highly professional implementation of the Board’s goals and directives by its new conference coordinator. The Board looks forward to working with the new conference coordinator in its future conferences and training programs with a goal of continuing to promote environmental justice for all.

    If any additional information is needed, you may contact Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq., Chairman, Board of Directors, National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. at bwilson@bdlaw.com.

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    2012 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND

    TRAINING PROGRAM CONCLUDES WITH SUCCESS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 7, 2012) – Last month, hundreds of attendees from across the government, business, academia and grassroots communities came together to share views, challenges and discuss solutions for one very important topic–environmental justice (EJ).

    The 2012 National Environment Justice Conference and Training Program (NEJC) was hosted in Washington, DC. April 11-13. The conference proved to be an innovative three day exchange of approaches to EJ and related matters.

    The interactive sessions featured a diverse group of representatives from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, business and industry, public interest groups, academia and other entities. The groups shared relative experiences and research of successful and unsuccessful programs and featured the needs and challenges of communities, governments, municipalities, tribes, faith-based organizations and others with an interest in environmental matters.

    The 2012 NEJC’s agenda provided panel discussions, Q&A segments, online and other training and networking opportunities. It explored an array of topics including Title VI, Health Disparities and Community Solutions. This year’s conference introduced training segments that focused on grant writing, technical assistance and more. It focused on the enhancement of communities and provided ways for improved productivity and efficiency.

    Attendees were addressed by speakers ranging from The Honorable Thomas P. D’Agostino, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration to (D) Congresswoman Donna Christensen, MD., U.S. Virgin Islands, community environmentalist Jacqueline Shirley of Alaska and community activist and EJ champion Dr. Mildred McClain.
    The conference’s partnership with Howard University School of Law produced a plethora of networking opportunities among students, faculty, community, business and government leaders. EJ combines civil rights with environmental protection. It gives voice to communities that have been historically excluded from environmental decision making.

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    REVVING UP FOR A NEW YEAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. Announces New Board
    Members and a New Web Site

    (Washington, DC) — February 14, 2012—The acclaimed American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead, said it best, “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” It is that very issue that the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program leaders are excited to address at this years’ conference.

    From April 11-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C., the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will spotlight capacity building and technical assistance to enhance communities and youth education.

    The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. is proud to announce that two nationally-recognized leaders in environmental justice have joined their already distinguished Board of the Directors. The newest members include environmental justice expert Richard Moore, government and nongovernmental committee member and panelist and the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award recipient and Vernice Miller-Travis, principal of Miller-Travis & Associates, an environmental consulting group. Miller-Travis is also a senior associate at Skeo Solutions, an environmental consulting firm. An Advisory Board has also been formed and its members include: Rose Scott Carlsbad, NM; Genevieve Navarrette, Executive Director Hobbs, New Mexico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Cindy De La Cruz, Southern California Conference Coordinator-California Health Professional Student Alliance; Daphne Rubin-Vega, Howard University Law School; and Mayor Frank A. Wilson, Bolton, NC.

    With the launch of the new website, www.thenejc.org, the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program hopes to educate those who are interested in finding more information and ways to make the world a better place.

    Those interested in participating in the 2012 conference are encouraged to register early at www.thenejc.org. Registration is free for all students, faculty, community members and organizations, and government employees. For corporate and other attendees, the registration fee is $125 before March 15 and $175 thereafter.

    The conference is pleased to announce that it has recently gained 501C (3) taxexempt status and is currently accepting sponsorship applications. For more information contact Conference Coordinator, Lloyd Moore at email@thenejc.org; 202-827-2224.

    Stay in touch with the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program on Facebook at:
    http://www.facebook.com/nejc2012 and via twitter at: @nejc2012

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    SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    The National Environmental Justice Conference Seeks Sponsors

    (Washington, DC) — February 14, 2012— The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will be held April 11-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

    The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program (the “NEJC”) urges companies and organizations with a passion for environmental justice to consider becoming sponsors for the 2012 conference. For interested participants, there are various levels of sponsorship: Platinum $20,000; Gold $10,000; Silver $ 5,000; Bronze $ 2,500 and for Exhibit Hall Display, $1,250. Benefits of sponsorship include, but are not limited to:

    •  Logo/name featured on all conference materials, signage, program, press releases and conference banner
    • Acknowledgement in conference publications and conference Web site
    • Free exhibit hall display (decoration not included)
    • Complimentary conference registration
    • Ad in conference program and publications (Platinum, full page; Gold, 1/2 page; Silver, 1/4 page)

     

    The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program is dedicated to ensuring that stakeholders have meaningful and informed participation in the environmental decision- making of their communities. The NEJC has the unique opportunity to bring together participants from diverse perspectives on environmental justice, which allows for open discussions with varying viewpoints and strategies.

    As the issue of environmental justice has broadened over the years, so has the community and policy discussions including architecture and green buildings, brownfields, green jobs, clean energy, community development, economic development, environmental regulations, gentrification, governance, housing, planning, smart growth, sustainability, transportation, unions and almost all industries. It is vital that participants in these discussions and policy formulations attend this conference.

    Those interested in joining the U.S. Department of Energy, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Waste Management, Inc., S. M. Stoller Corporation, URS Corporation, Beveridge & Diamond, PC, Howard University School of Law, and MDB, Inc. as sponsors for the 2012 conference are encouraged to visit the NEJC Web site at www.thenejc.org. For more information, contact conference coordinator, Lloyd Moore at email@thenejc.org; or 202-827-2224.

    Stay in touch with the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/nejc2012 and via twitter at:@nejc2012

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    A RENEWED FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program returns to Washington, DC
    April 11-13, 2012 with a new name and fresh approach

    (Washington, DC) –December 14, 2011– As communities evolve, so does the meaning of ‘environmental justice.’ In an effort to disseminate effective information and encourage change agents amongst communities and their leaders, the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program leaders are calling upon representatives from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, businesses small and large as well as public interest groups, academia and other entities to participate in a three-day discussion on advancing the environment through people, policy and change.

    To commemorate the renewed focus on the environment, the board of directors of the conference, now in its sixth year, reorganized, selected a new conference coordinator and changed the conference name. This new name and fresh outlook ensures that this year’s conference will be more current and valuable than ever.

    From April 11-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C., the action-packed National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will focus specifically on youth outreach and enhancing communities through capacity building and technology assistance.

    Expert panelists will guide attendees–ranging from students to seniors—through insightful discussions, interactive sessions and introduce participants to the many aspects, challenges and opportunities of environmental justice. Anyone ready to openly engage in conversation on a variety of viewpoints and environmental justice strategies should mark their calendars to take advantage of the conference, which includes a training program that allows federal employees and others to earn professional-level education credit.

    As it has in previous years, the conference will unite the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Howard University School of Law and various other Federal agencies to provide insight and expertise as well as be a sounding board to those in attendance.

    The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program welcomes anyone who is interested in the environmental justice surrounding their community or business, and seeks to bring together interested parties from all walks of life. To register your attendance or to submit your interest as a speaker, visit the conference web site at www.thenejc.org.

    “We received an overwhelming amount of interest for the conference during our appearance at the Fifth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities gathering, earlier this month,” said Conference Coordinator, Lloyd Moore. “That kind of reaction serves as a reminder to our entire team that our conference is not only an expectation, it’s a need for many who are at a loss for ideas on how to improve their life, community and health.”

    The National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program will take place in Washington DC, April 11 – 13, 2012. The conference will be held at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington DC, 20008 and the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington DC, 20005.

    For more information please contact Melinda Downing, U.S Department of Energy’s Environmental Justice Program Manager (Melinda.Downing@hq.doe.gov; 202-586-7703), or the Conference Coordinator, Lloyd Moore (info@thenejc.org; 202-827-2224).

    Stay in touch with the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/nejc2012 and via twitter at: @nejc2012.

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