Louisiana Green Commission

Untitled Document Over seven years ago the Louisiana Green Commission was established to find ways to implement strategies for sustainable development and environmental justice that promote both health and economic viability. It is a multi-disciplinary group of experts who have come together to develop a long-term strategy for Clean and Just Production in the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana Green Commission is a project of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in collaboration with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell and is funded by the Ford Foundation.

 

Paul T. Anastas, Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering
Paul T. Anastas is Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry with appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability, such as the books Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.

 

Dr. Bunyan Bryant, Professor, University of Michigan
Although Bunyan Bryant's major faculty appointment is in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, he is a member of the Urban Technological and Environmental Planning Program, and has an adjunct position with the Center of Afro-American and African Studies. In 1973 Dr. Bryant did post-doctoral work at the University of Manchester in England in Town and Country Planning. His current research interests include developing case studies on corporate, agency, and community responses to hazardous waste sites. He was co-principal investigator of the University of Michigan 1990 Detroit Area Study on Race and Toxic Waste. A more recent study undertaken with Dr. Elaine Hockman is to determine the proximity of hazardous waste facilities to schools and their impact upon academic achievement. Professor Bryant has written a book called Environmental Advocacy: Concepts, Issues and Dilemmas, and a manual called: Social and Environmental Change: A Manual for Community Organizing and Action. He and Professor Paul Mohai have edited a book called: Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards: A time for Discourse. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992 and he has edited a book called: Environmental Justice: Issues, Polices, and Solutions. Island Press, 1995. He is co-organizer of the University of Michigan 1990 Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards, a conference that has had considerable national impact. This conference led to a series of high level policy meetings with EPA Administrator William K. Reilly under President Bush's administration and later EPA Administrator Carol Browner. From these meetings came a commitment from EPA to address environmental justice issues and an EPA Office on Environmental Justice.

For three years in the early 1990s, he was a co-facilitator of the Martin Luther King Planning Committee at the University of Michigan, where workshops on Environmental Justice were an integral part of celebrating Martin Luther King's legacy. In 1991, he was on the Advisory Committee of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. In 1994-95, he was a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. And in 1994 he was co-facilitator of the Symposium for Health Research and Needs to Ensure Environmental Justice, an event sponsored by major federal agencies, where over a thousand grassroots activists, government personnel and scientists and people from the academic community participated. Dr. Bryant was a part of a movement that was responsible for President Clinton's signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898. In addition to teaching courses, Dr. Bryant has been a consultant to a number of nonprofit environmental organizations across the country. In addition to writing and consulting with government, Dr. Bryant has lectured on environmental justice at a number of universities across the country.

 


Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University
Robert D. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Professor Bullard is considered by many to be the father of environmental justice. He has served as an expert witness and testified on dozens of civil rights and environmental justice lawsuits and hearings. He is the author of fourteen books that address environmental justice, community health, urban land use, industrial facility permitting, neighborhood reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth. His award winning book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. A few of his other books include Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta (Island Press, 2000), Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), and The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005). His most recent books include Growing Smarter:ˇAchieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). He is completing work on a new book entitled Disastrous Response: How Government Actions Endanger the Health and Safety of African Americans (New York University Press, forthcoming 2009).

 

Thomas Estabrook, Special Projects Coordinator
The New England Consortium
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Thomas Estabrook is a worker health and safety educator and special projects coordinator at The New England Consortium, a worker health and safety training program based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has a doctorate in geography from Clark University. He has long been active building links between labor and environmental organizations. He was coordinator of the Louisiana Labor/Neighbor Project in Baton Rouge in 1991-92. He is currently on the board of directors as well as the labor advisory committee of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a coalition of 100 organizations promoting precautionary strategies in environmental and public health in Massachusetts.

 

Deeohn Ferris, Environmental Attorney
President of Global Environmental Resources, Inc., Washington, DC)
Deeohn Ferris is President of Global Environmental GERI President, Deeohn Ferris, JD leads the Company's team of interdisciplinary specialists and brings over twenty years of experience to the firm. Dr. Ferris is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center specializing in public health, environment and natural resources, legislation and public policy, and the intersection of human rights and social justice.

Dr. Ferris' career began at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Ferris served as legal counsel in the Office of Legislation, and directed both the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Enforcement Divisions, and Special Litigation. In the private sector, she was environmental liability counsel with the American Insurance Association serving as industry regulatory policy liaison to Congress and the states. Dr. Ferris worked for the National Wildlife Federation as Director of Environmental Quality focusing on national grassroots legislative campaigns in areas such as pollution control, biotechnology and natural resources conservation. Cutting edge cases during her tenure include the Exxon Valdez oil spill and New Bedford Harbor PCB natural resources damages litigation. Dr. Ferris launched the Environmental Justice Project for the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the first nationwide program pioneered by a major civil rights group.

Dr. Ferris successfully introduced and led the national policy campaign that resulted in the groundbreaking Presidential Executive Order on Environmental Justice 12898, formation of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the federal Inter-Agency Workgroup on Environmental Justice. Dr. Ferris also organized global advocacy campaigns on the links between demographics, socio-economic impacts and the environment. Under her leadership, the Lawyer's Committee Project centered on sustainable environmental performance, environmental compliance and community interventions. She established the Washington Office on Environmental Justice. Her work positioned grassroots and indigenous peoples as proactive stakeholders and global proponents of healthy and sustainable communities. Ms Ferris is a frequent speaker on environment, and has lectured internationally and in colleges and universities throughout North America. Her work with communities on global issues extends from these places to Fiji, Indonesia, Brazil, India, the U.K. and Nepal.

 


Leslie G. Fields, Esq.
Leslie Fields brings twenty years of international, federal, state and local environmental justice and environmental law and policy experience to the Sierra Club. Fields is the former International Director of Friends of the Earth-US (an environmental NGO) in Washington, D.C. Fields is currently an adjunct law professor at Howard University School of Law. She serves on the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies' Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. She has worked with community groups, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and all levels of government and is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental justice, democracy, corporate and civic governance and globalization. Fields has worked extensively on oil/gas natural resource extraction issues (e.g. the West African Gas Pipeline), climate change and water privatization in West and Southern Africa. Leslie has also been known to periodically detour into redistricting and voting rights issues. Leslie has spent vast amounts of her spare time on the boards of Horn Relief (a Somali women's development/environmental organization) and Redefining Progress. Leslie Fields is a graduate of Cornell University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Kenneth Geiser, Sc.D.
Kenneth Geiser, PhD, is an internationally recognized specialist on pollution prevention, clean production and industrial chemicals policy. He is a Professor of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also the Co-Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, a center that promotes sustainable solutions in chemical management and product design. Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served from 1990 to 2003 as the founding director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute. He has served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program and has participated on several boards of non-profit environmental organizations. He is the author of many articles on pollution prevention, toxic chemical policy and sustainable development and a book, Materals Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy. He holds graduate and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Michel Gelobter, Ph. D., Executive Director, Redefining Progress
Michel Gelobter was named Redefining Progress's Executive Director in July 2001 and has served on RP's board of directors since 1995. Dr. Gelobter has experience as an academic, an activist, and an administrator. Prior to joining the staff of Redefining Progress, he was a professor in the Graduate Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University. During the same period, he founded and ran CAPE, or Community/Academic Partnerships for the Environment, a regional research entity spanning New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Gelobter started the Environmental Policy Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Gelobter was Director of Environmental Quality for the City of New York, and an Assistant Commissioner for its Department of Environmental Protection. He also served as the environment and health issues director during David Dinkins' mayoral campaign in 1989. Gelobter was a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow and served with the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee from 1988-89. Dr. Gelobter earned his B.S. in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. He did his doctoral research on the race and income distribution of air pollution in the United States. He has also written more broadly about environmental justice, lead poisoning, global warming, sustainability, commons management, and the relationship between environmental protection and tourism in developing countries. Dr. Gelobter presently serves on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

 

Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Monique Harden is the co-director and attorney of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR), a nonprofit, public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA that she co-founded with attorney Nathalie Walker in 2002. AEHR provides human rights-based legal services, community organizing support, and public advocacy for the survival of communities harmed by toxic pollution and disasters. On behalf of African American residents in Mossville, Louisiana, Ms. Harden and AEHR legal staff filed the first ever human rights petition that seeks fundamental change of the United States environmental regulatory system. The petition was filed in March 2005 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, AEHR is spearheading advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at establishing recovery as a legal right, not a promise, in accordance with the United Nations? Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Ms. Harden has coordinated international coalitions advocating for human rights in the context of environmental justice as well as disaster profiteering and economic displacement.

 

Darryl Malek-Wiley, Associate Representative, Grassroots Organizer-Louisiana Environmental Justice Project, Sierra Club
Mr. Malek-Wiley has as his objective, to work on environmental policy issues at city, state, regional, national and international level. Currently, he holds the following position with the Sierra Club: Associate Representative, Grassroots Organizer, Louisiana Environmental Justice Project. Mr. Malek-Wiley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Social Studies from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Sociology at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. Mr. Malek-Wiley served as an Environmental Policy Consultant from July 1985 to May 2004 with numerous environmental institutions. Mr. Malek-Wiley has a long history of active involvement in the environmental arena, from 1972 to the present and has presented many papers and he has received many awards from environmental organizations including the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Alabama Chapter Sierra Club, 1979 and Outstanding Service and Leadership Award as President of the Mississippi River Basin Alliance 2000

 

Vernice Miller-Travis
Executive Director - Groundwork USA Vernice Miller-Travis is Vice Chair of the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, and Co-founder West Harlem Environmental Action. Previously, Miller-Travis was executive director of the Environmental Support Center in Washington, D.C. and Groundwork USA, a network of nonprofit environmental organizations that help communities use their assets to eliminate environmental poverty and become vibrant, healthier, and safer places to live. As a program officer of the Ford Foundation, she launched their environmental justice portfolio for grantmaking in the United States. She has served as the director of the Environmental Justice Initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Miller-Travis also served on the EPA's All Appropriate Inquiry Federal Advisory Committee, which wrote the statutory language for the "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Redevelopment Act" passed by Congress in 2002. She is a cofounder of West Harlem Environmental Action, a 20-year-old community-based environmental justice organization in New York City and she is a founding member of The National Black Environmental Justice Network.

 


Paul Mohai, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Paul Mohai is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and Faculty Associate in the Social Environment and Health Program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Mohai has been studying the pattern of evidence pertaining to the disproportionate burdens of environmental hazards in low-income and people of color communities since the late 1980s. He has also been researching the environmental attitudes, concerns, and actions of African Americans and their influence on the environmental movement. His current research involves national-level studies examining cause and effect relationships in the distribution of environmental hazards by race and class and solving methodological problems in environmental justice research.

He is also working with colleagues to examine what role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and mortality. Professor Mohai was an organizer with Bunyan Bryant of the 1990 Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards, and member of the "Michigan group", which has been credited for placing environmental justice on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's policy agenda. He is co-editor of the book, Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards: A Time for Discourse, and author of numerous papers on the subject of race and the environment, he was appointed Principal Investigator of the University of Michigan?s annual Detroit Area Study.

Professor Mohai served on the National Advisory Committee of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C. In the early 1990s, he was member of the Michigan Group advising the U.S. EPA. In 1993 and in 1999, he testified before the U.S. Congress about the research and evidence pertaining to environmental inequalities. Professor Mohai teaches courses in Environmental Justice, Environmental Public Opinion Analysis, and Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan.

 

Charles Reith, Adjunct Professor of Management
The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer; AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University
Charles Reith is an Adjunct Professor with the Payson Center, where he teaches environmental courses and supports environment-related initiatives. Charles also teaches courses in energy and environmental management at the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Dr. Reith is a consultant and entrepreneur in the environmental field. As a partner of FullCircle LLC, he plans and directs the development of recycling ventures, especially related to organic waste. He is an expert in vermi-composting the use of redworms for converting animal waste to organic fertilizer and in alternative systems for agriculture and horticulture.

He has a PhD in Ecology from the University of New Mexico and he has published numerous books, technical articles, and commentaries on environmental topics. Current research initiatives address alternative growing systems, application of industrial environmental business models to agriculture, and improved methods for environmental cleanup. Dr. Reith's professional website is ww.sustainablesystems.com and his email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He may be reached at 337.261.9791

 

Florence Robinson, Retired Professor Southern
University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5th Annual Heinz Award Recipient

For more than a decade, Florence Robinson waged a virtual one-woman war against toxic wastes. Her battlefield has been "Cancer Alley," an 80-mile strip of land along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana where low income, minority communities exist side by side with large industries. Since she accepted a position as professor of biology at her alma mater, Southern University, in the early 1970s, Ms. Robinson has lived in the small community of Alsen, near Devil's Swamp. Once an idyllic spot, Alsen was home to many newly freed slaves who, settling there after the Civil War, enjoyed cool, clean water and plentiful harvests. That ended in 1964 when an industrial "borrow" pit was opened in Alsen to dispose of hazardous waste. The area was further fouled by 11 nearby petrochemical plants, a commercial hazardous waste incinerator, and several waste landfills.

Her fight against the racism, greed, and ignorance that contributed to the degradation of her community's health and cultural fabric yielded its first major victory in late 1997. One of the major polluters in her area agreed to stop the burning in a hazardous waste incinerator. The facility was then dismantled at the end of 1998. After years of exposure to a disproportionate share of the worst byproducts of our technological advances, Florence Robinson said, "enough is enough" and insisted on being taken seriously. Florence Robinson shared the Heinz Award in the Environment for her tireless fight against industrial polluters who foul the land and threaten the health of communities with chemical and other hazardous wastes.
Note: This profile is excerpted from the commemorative brochure published at the time of the awards' presentation.

 


Neil Seldman, President - Institute for Local Self-Reliance Washington, DC 20005
Neil Seldman worked in manufacturing and distribution plants from an early age and rose to Assistant to the President after earning a Bachelor of Science degree at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He left the private sector to follow a career in Kremlinology and Soviet and Chinese Communist industrial models. He earned a Masters of International Communism at the Sino-Soviet Institute at The George Washington University. He earned a Ph.D. studying the History of Ideas under Professor Wolfgang Kraus, Chair of the Political Science Department at GWU, where he was Associate Professorial Lecturer. He also served as the Assistant Director, Division of Experimental Programs at GWU. Seldman co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in l974, an organization which provides research, technical assistance and policy analysis for cities, states, industry and community development organizations. He has served as director of the Waste to Wealth Program and as ILSR president. He also co-founded the National Recycling Coalition (l980) and the Grass Roots Recycling Network (l995). Seldman is credited with introducing the concept and practice of recycling enterprises and community economic development. Seldman is an experienced speaker on topics including community economic development, sustainable industrial economies, and deconstruction as a link between community-based employment and labor unions, and the history of the ideas underlying market and planned economies. His presentations include case examples, contacts and lessons learned from diverse investment projects in urban and rural areas.

 

Peggy Shepard, Executive Director and co-founder ? West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT) - New York
Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York?s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. A recipient of the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment, she is a former Democratic District Leader, who represented West Harlem from 1985 to April 1993, and served as President of the National Women?s Political Caucus-Manhattan from 1993-1997.

From January 2001-2003, Ms Shepard served as the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is co-chair of the Northeast Environmental Justice Network. Ms. Shepard serves on the Institute of Medicine?s committee: Ethics of Housing-Related Health Hazard Research Involving Children, Youth, and Families. In 1988, Ms. Shepard co-founded West Harlem Environmental Action, a non-profit organization working to improve environmental policy, public health, and quality of life in communities of color. WE ACT is a nationally recognized organization in the field of community-based participatory research in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Ms. Ms. Shepard received the Dean's Distinguished Service Award in 2004 from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She is the recipient of the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment from the Heinz Foundation, December 2003.

Peggy Shepard, a former journalist, was a reporter for The Indianapolis News, a copy editor for The San Juan Star, and a researcher for Time-Life Books. She has served as an editor at Redbook, Essence, and Black Enterprise magazines. A frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on issues of environmental justice and community-based health research, she is a graduate of Howard University and Solebury and Newtown Friends Schools. She has one daughter, Nicole and lives in the Hamilton Grange Historic District of West Harlem.

 

Wilma Subra, Environmental Chemist, 1999 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient
Wilma Subra is president of Subra Company, an environmental consulting firm she founded in 1981. She provides technical assistance to community groups on a wide range of environmental issues including oil and gas drilling, production and waste issues. Ms. Subra has been a member of the IOGCC guidelines development work group and has participated in a number of state reviews. She is a founding board member of the Oil and Gas Accountability Project that works with communities to prevent and reduce the social, economic and environmental problems caused by oil and gas development. She currently serves on a number of Environmental Protection Agency national advisory committees: Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Environment, Policy and Technology; National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation; NACEPT superfund Subcommittee; and National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

 

Paul H. Templet, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Studies
Louisiana State University

Dr. Paul Templet is a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University. He has degrees in Chemistry and Physics, teaches environmental planning and management and conducts research concerning environmental management, risk assessment, energy analysis, industrial ecology and systems analysis of economic and environmental systems. He was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality from 1988-1992 and has developed and implemented Coastal Management Programs and National Estuary and Marine Sanctuary programs in Louisiana and American Samoa. He has authored over 40 papers in professional journals, 10 book chapters and has been an invited speaker at numerous meetings. He is a member of the Consultative Group of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation which works to facilitate environmental reporting in Mexico, Canada and the US. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the EPA's Science Advisory Board, as a member of a panel of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and on many other scientific panels.

 


Joel Tickner, Sc.D.
Dr. Joel Tickner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also a Principal Investigator at the Lowell Center For Sustainable Production. His training is in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, and pollution prevention. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad during the past ten years. He was co-coordinator of the Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary Principle, co-editor of the book Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle and editor of the book Precaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy. He has lectured, spoken at conferences, and published for several years on the topics of pollution prevention, risk assessment, toxic chemicals policy, and uncertainty and the precautionary principle. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell and for three years was an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow.

 

Nathalie Walker, Co-Director & Attorney - Advocates For Environmental Human Rights
Nathalie Walker is an attorney who has provided legal counsel and advocacy support for the last fifteen years to communities struggling for environmental justice. Currently, Ms. Walker is the co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR), a public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana that she co-founded with attorney Monique Harden in 2002. AEHR provides innovative human and civil rights based litigation and a broad range of public advocacy to redress governmental and corporate practices worldwide that degrade the environment and jeopardize the health of communities.

In an historic case filed against Louisianan Energy Services (LES) that spanned the course of nine years, Ms. Walker set a national environmental justice precedent while representing two African American communities in northern Louisiana -- Forest Grove and Center Springs. CANT was fighting a proposal by an international consortium of nuclear energy producers (LES) that planned to build the country?s first uranium enrichment plant between Forest Grove and Center Springs. (The enrichment of uranium is one of the steps involved in making fuel for nuclear power plants.) The facility would have produced and stored a mountain of over 100,000 tons of toxic, radioactive waste on site, in the middle of the two communities. Ultimately, the Board issued a 90-page written decision denying a license to LES based on environmental justice grounds, the first time in its history that the NRC has ever denied a license to an applicant. LES's appeal of the case failed. Ms. Walker was a charter member and served for several years on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and papers on environmental justice issues. Her environmental justice advocacy has been featured in several books, documentaries, and newspaper articles, including: J. Timmons Roberts & Melissa M. Toffolon-Weiss, Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline (Cambridge University Press) 2001; Wesley J. Smith, Fighting for Public Justice: Cases and Trial Lawyers that Made a Difference (TLPJ Foundation) 2001; Marc Mowrey and Tim Redmond; Roberto Suro, Pollution-Weary Minorities Try Civil Rights Tack, The New York Times, January 11, 1993; and U.S. to Weigh Blacks? Complaints About Pollution, The New York Times, Nov. 19, 1993.

 

Bill Walsh, J.D.
Bill Walsh has coordinated the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. For the preceding 10 years, Bill held various positions with the international environmental organization, Greenpeace. His responsibilities included coordinating the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA. Prior to that, Bill held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.

 

Donele Wilkins, Executive Director Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ)
Donele Wilkins has over two decades of experience in occupational and environmental health as an educator, consultant, trainer, administrator and advocate. In 1994, she co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, a non- profit organization addressing urban environmental issues in the City of Detroit. Ms. Wilkins is sought after as a public speaker addressing local and national audiences on topics of sustainable development, environmental justice, and occupational and environmental health advocacy.

 


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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