Louisiana Green Commission

Robert Wingfield, Jr.Ph. D.
Dr. Wingfield currently serves as Associate Professor within the Chemistry Department at Fisk University. At Fisk University he is Director of the Fisk-UNCFSP Building Environmental Stewardship/Sustainability Program, and Fisk University/Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training-University of Cincinnati/NIEHS Community Toxics Awareness Program. He is a B.S. graduate of Fisk University (1964), received his Ph. D. from the University of Cincinnati (1971) in Physical Bioorganic Chemistry, and conducted his Postdoctoral work in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas. He has had over twelve years industrial experience in chemical process and product development (Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, G. D. Searle Co.), and eighteen years academic teaching experience (including a six month Visiting Professorship at Wesleyan University). He is presently teaching courses in General, Analytical(including Molecular Spectroscopy), Inorganic, and Environmental Chemistry as well as Natural Science (Core Curriculum).

He has served for several years on the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Wastewater Hearing Authority. In July 2003, he was elected Chairman of the Racial Health Disparities Coalition of Nashville. In this position he chairs the Steering Committee of North Nashville Project REACH 2010. Also in 2003, he was appointed by the Mayor of Nashville to the Healthy Nashville 2010 Leadership Council to help lead the city in establishing strategic priorities and mobilizing community initiatives to achieve significant improvements in the city's health by 2010.


Beverly Wright, Ph.D. is founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). For more than a decade, she has been a leading scholar, advocate, and activist in the environmental justice arena. She has created a unique center, formerly at Xavier University, and currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, the area commonly referred to as Cancer Alley.

Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, and community outreach, assistance, and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. Dr. Wright has been an advocate of the safe return of residents, addressing the critical issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as it relates to standards of clean up. The center has been a resource to the community providing education, training, and job placement to displaced citizens of New Orleans.

Dr. Wright has conducted groundbreaking and significant research in the area of environmental justice and developed a curriculum for use at the elementary school level that is used by the New Orleans Public Schools. She manages Hazardous Waste Worker Training Programs that embrace a work-based curriculum and a holistic approach to learning for young men and women living near Superfund and Brownfield sites resulting in their employment.

Dr. Wright provided valuable input into President Clinton's Environmental Justice Transition paper. For her work, she was called to the White House on February 11, 1994, to witness the signing of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice. On April 12, 1994, she was named to the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).

On January 11, 1995, Dr. Wright was appointed to the Corps of Engineers? Environmental Advisory Board and served on the City of New Orleans/Mayor's Office of Environmental Affairs' Brownfields Consortium. She served for many years on the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights for the State of Louisiana and formally served on the City of New Orleans' Select Committee for the Sewerage and Water Board under the administration of Mayor Marc Morial.

Dr. Wright served as chair of the Second National People of Color Leadership Summit in 2002, and is the co-chair of the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative. In 2003, Dr. Wright was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. She received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award in 2006 and the 2008 EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award. She continues to serve as a strong voice of the grassroots environmental justice movement.


Ken A. Zarker, Manager - Washington State Department of Ecology Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance Section
He has been actively involved with hazardous waste, pollution prevention and toxics reduction programs for over twenty years. Ken has been responsible for managing state environmental programs in Texas and Washington State on hazardous waste permitting, policy, toxics reduction, and sustainability. Ken has served in a leadership capacity at the national and international levels as Chairman of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Delegate to the North American Pollution Prevention Partnership, the U.S. EPA Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action (FOSTTA) and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Cross Media Committee/Innovations Workgroup. Ken holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City.


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