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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

        Conference Facilitator: 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): Post Internship Momentum

        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

        Designing a Sustainable City Hall Complex
        Dr. Brian Knakiewicz, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
        Dr. Natasha Udu-gama, Senior Specialist, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union Washington, DC

        Addressing Cybersecurity and IT Issues for a Safer Future
        Dr. Shuguang Hong, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
        Farhad Islam, IT Director, East Point, GA

        Creating a Makerspace to Encourage Economic Development
        Luke Renner, Professor of Digital Media Arts and Design, San Juan College, Farmington, NM
        Madison Kierod, Student, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

        Creating New Ways to Retain Vital Public Safety and Essential Employees in Small Communities
        Dr. Vincent Mangum, Dean of the Division of Business and Information Technology/Assistant Professor of Business, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta, GA
        Dr. Bryan Mitchell, Dean & Associate Professor of Biology, Division of Science, Mathematics and Health Professions, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta, GA
        Sharee Steed, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Riverdale, GA

        Helping ALL College Students gain vital Experiential Learning Opportunities; CUPP/Department of Education Collaboration
        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 Course

        Eleva Potter, Assistant Director of Student Instruction, Conserve School, Land O’ Lakes, WI
        Jerry Jondreau, Director of Recruiting School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Tech

      • 11:30 am - 12:00 pmCollaborations between the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Town of Navassa as part of the EPA CUPP Program

        Kristen Brogdon, Interim AVC for Community Engagement, University of North Carolina Wilmington
        Dr. Colleen Reilly, Professor, Department of English, University of North Carolina Wilmington
        Roger Shew, Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington
        Kimi Faxon Hemingway, Lecturer, Department of English, University of North Carolina Wilmington

      • 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
        Ashley Logan, Rising Senor, Virginia State University

        Conservation Education: Speaking to Human Potential
        Juan Lazo Bautista, Hispanic Access Foundation Resource Assistant Partnerships Coordinator, Intern- USDA Forest Service Office of Conservation Education

        Lessons Learned from Experience in Action-Research Approaches for Agroecological Education in Puerto Rico
        Carol E. Ramos-Gerena Graduate School of Planning University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

      • 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: Puerto Rico Resilience and Long-Term Revival Project: A Model for Food Sovereignty Partnerships to Support Community Needs

        Irene Vilar, Founder & President, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
        Jorge Figueroa, El Laboratorio Director, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
        Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Puerto Rico Resilience Fund Co-Founder, El Departamento de La Comida Director, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
        Carol E. Ramos-Gerena, Americas for Conservation + the Arts Education Director, Puerto Rico Resilience Project
        Tasha Lo Porto, Environmental Justice Coordinator & National Environmental Policy Act Specialist, USDA Forest Service

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

    • 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

        Conference Facilitator: Ms. Carolyn Sawyer, Communications Strategist, Tom Sawyer Company

      • 8:00 am - 8:30 amGuest Speaker: Leading by Example: Mountain View Community, Valle de Oro NWR & EJ IWGKim Lambert, Environmental Justice Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      • 8:30 am - 9:30 amKeynote Speaker

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

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

      • 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 - 12:10 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

        Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting, Building Grassroots Climate Justice Leadership in Vulnerable Communities: Lessons from a Miami-based Advocacy Program

        Building Grassroots Climate Justice Leadership in Vulnerable Communities: Lessons from a Miami-based Advocacy Program

        Zelalem Adefris, Climate Resilience Program Manager, Catalyst Miami

      • 12:10 pm - 12:30 pmBreak
      • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch

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

        Luncheon Speaker: Carmelo Melendez, Director, Office of Legacy Management, US Department of Energy

      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmBreak
      • 1:30 pm - 3:00 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

      • 3:00 pm - 4:00 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

      • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pmBreak
      • 4:15 pm - 5:45 pmPanel: The California Environmental Justice Alliance’s SB 1000 Toolkit

        Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice US Environmental Protection Agency
        Tiffany Eng, Green Zones Program Manager, California Environmental Justice Alliance
        Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP Healthy Communities Urban and Regional Planner, Riverside University Health System-Public Health
        Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, Professor of Law and Urban Planning University of Louisville

      • 5:45 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 Mosaic Live Co-Founder

      • 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

        Conference Facilitator: Ms. Carolyn Sawyer, Communications Strategist, Tom Sawyer Company

      • 8:00 am - 8:40 amPresentations

        History of Environmental Justice in New Mexico
        Valerie Rangel, New Mexico, Community Foundation, New Energy Economy, LLC (HIA: Just Transition of San Juan Generating Station Closure)

        Progress in Protecting Sacred Places
        Fred Clark Director, Office of Tribal Relations, USDA Forrest Service

      • 8:40 am - 10:00 amPanel: How Addressing Social Determinants of Health, Such As Poverty, Environmental Justice and Environmental Stressors, Inequality, Educational Attainment and Others Will Reduce Health Disparities

        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
        Milton Bluehouse, Jr., Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.

      • 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
        Monisha Shah, Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
        Daniel White Energy Program Specialist District of Columbia Department of the Environment
        Michael Miller CEO, OGOS Energy LLC

      • 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 - 1:30 pmLunch

        Luncheon Speaker: Rural Development Innovation for Rural Prosperity

        Claudette Fernandez, Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental Programs (WEP), USDA Rural Development-Rural Utilities Service

      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmPresentation of Awards Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
      • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pmBreak
      • 2:00 pm - 2:45 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

      • 2:45 pm - 4:30 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

        Partnering with Minority-Serving Land Grant Institutions to Advance Environmental Justice Goals and Build Capacity in Underserved Communities
        Beattra Wilson, National Program Manager for Urban and Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service

        Comparative 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

        Using 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
        Laura Langham, Director of Market Innovation, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

      • 4:30 pm - 5:00 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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