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Saturday, July 28 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Climate Resiliency and Environmental Justice from the Ground Up

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Globally, communities of color and low income, immigrant, refugee, and indigenous communities have long born the environmental risks of proximity to industry—from energy production to waste disposal. These risks now include the health, safety, and financial harms and uncertainty of climate change.  Meanwhile, whiter and wealthier communities continue to benefit from greater access to cleaner air and water, green space, food, and transit. 

Legal and programmatic approaches at the U.S. federal level have proven inadequate to redress these harms - that much more so under an administration openly hostile to the resiliency and environmental justice agendas. This session will provide an opportunity to share the creativity of municipalist strategies to address these problems, drawing upon and across case studies from NYC, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. Session organizers will share about their experiences in the work from a variety of vantage points, including grassroots activist, city government, legal, and academic approaches. A participatory format will engage attendees toward improving the health, well-being, and sustainability of historically marginalized communities.

  • Amy Laura Cahn, she/her
  • Sarah Wu, she/her
  • Kartik Amarnath, he/him
  • Michael Menser, he/him

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Kartik Amarnath

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Kartik Amarnath is the Energy Planner for NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. He provides outreach, advocacy, and research support for REVitalize, a project focused on community-based energy planning, along with NYC-EJA’s ongoing energy campaign work. He has previously worked with... Read More →
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Amy Laura Cahn

Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
Amy Laura Cahn is a Staff Attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, where she works to identify and implement cutting-edge solutions to environmental justice, transportation, and energy challenges in New England, with a focus on projects at the intersection of climate and racial... Read More →
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michael menser

Professor/President of Board, Brooklyn College/Participatory Budgeting Project
Urban/rural/regional commons; participatory governance, economic democracy; climate justice; social public vs public-private
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Sarah Wu

Deputy Director for Planning, The City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Sarah Wu most recently served as the Deputy Director for Planning in the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability.  Sarah managed the City of Philadelphia’s climate adaptation planning and oversaw the 2016 update of the City’s sustainability plan, Greenworks: A Vision for... Read More →

Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

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