Feb. 20, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice in West Harlem, which has a 24-year history of engaging residents in community planning and campaigns to affect environmental protection and health policy. A recipient of the Calver Award, the Heinz Award for the Environment, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from the Rockefeller Foundation, she is a past chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Justice Movement has worked over the past 20 years to impact environmental policy to improve environmental health and protection in communities of color and low income. This presentation will define environmental justice and discuss its challenges and achievements through the years. It will highlight WE ACT’s work in Northern Manhattan neighborhoods as well as the evolution, research and policy processes and outcomes of a community-based participatory research partnership that has had multi-level impacts on environmental health policy concerning air quality and related environmental justice concerns.