Past Conferences

  • The 2017 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program was held March 8-10, 2017 in Washington, D. C., with approximately 650 registrants. 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, and business and industry leaders. Kim Lambert of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Honorable Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader (D-SC), and Milton Bluehouse, Jr. of Navarro Research and Engineering served as Keynote Speakers.

    The conference agenda provided an Emerging Leaders’ Summit which featured our young and future EJ leaders, panel discussions and Q & A segments, as well as networking lunches and receptions. There were twenty workshops and technical training sessions, and two EJ related documentary films were viewed and discussed. All-in- all, the conference provided an array of networking opportunities among students, faculty, community, business and government leaders.

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    The 2016 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program (NEJC) held March 9-12, 2016 in Washington, D. C. jointly with the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities offered three and a half days of high quality educational programming and panel discussions to the more than 475 registrants. With the theme “A National Dialogue for Building Healthy Communities,” the attendees met to share best practices and challenges, and discuss environmental justice (EJ) and Health Disparities.

    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. The Honorable Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader (D-SC), Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine were among the Keynote Speakers during the conference.

    The joint conference agenda provided a Student Research Forum, panel discussions and Q&A segments, as well as networking lunches and receptions. There were twenty-two workshops and technical training sessions, highlighted by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice’s “Educate. Motivate, Innovate: Student Climate Change Justice for Healthy, Sustainable Communities.” The continued partnership with Howard University School of Law produced an array of networking opportunities among students, faculty, community, business and government leaders as they discussed creating the community conditions that draw desired redevelopment.

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    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.

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     Site-LOGO-PLACE2014 The 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program (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.

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    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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    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.

    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. The 2012 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 Congresswoman Donna Christensen, MD., (Democrat, 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.

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    For additional information regarding The 2012 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program contact us at email@thenejc.org.

 

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