April 17, 2020

An ELI and American University Washington College of Law Co-Sponsored Webinar Workshop

Environmental justice and climate justice are two synergistic movements working to address environmental impacts in communities of color and low-income communities. While environmental justice focuses predominantly on injustices resulting from environmental policy and systemic racism, climate justice addresses future political and environmental impacts stemming from climate change.

Join the Environmental Law Institute, American University Washington College of Law, and leading experts for this virtual workshop. Panelists will provide a foundation for those interested in using law as a pathway for marginalized communities to access healthy environments, even in the face of harmful climate impacts. Participants will gain tools for advancing environmental and climate justice from experts in advocacy, academia, and the private sector. Following a robust panel discussion with experts, participants will have the opportunity to break out into virtual workgroups to engage more deeply on these crucial issues.

AGENDA

2:00 – 2:05PM     Welcome and Introduction

2:05 – 3:00PM       Panel: Community Lawyering for Environmental and Climate Justice

  • William (Bill) Snape III, Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs, American University Washington College of Law, Moderator
  • Kari Fulton, Environmental Justice Advocate, National Urban Fellow 2020, Georgetown University

  • Marianne Engelman Lado, Director, Environmental Justice Clinic, Vermont Law School
  • Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Group, Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, co-author, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States
  • Michele Roberts, National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance
  • Fred Tutman, CEO and Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper

3:00 – 3:45PM         Breakout Groups

  • Kari Fulton, Environmental Justice Advocate, National Urban Fellow 2020, Georgetown University
  • Marianne Engelman Lado, Director, Environmental Justice Clinic, Vermont Law School
  • Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Group, Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, co-author, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States
  • Michele Roberts, National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance
  • Fred Tutman, CEO and Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper

3:45 – 4:00PM         Final Report & Closing Comments

  • Lovinia Reynolds, Policy Analyst & Environmental Justice Coordinator, Environmental Law Institute