Environmental Justice: Its Impact on Local Underserved Communities (04/30/2021)
Includes a Live Event on 04-30-2021 at 1:00 PM (CDT)
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, because no community should bear disproportionate risks of harm because of their demographic characteristics or economic condition. The U.S. EPA and other governmental agencies have established departments and developed rulemakings and regulations that promote fairness and equity in regulatory compliance and investigative review of claims filed by communities and individuals for issues related to matters that may be part of environmental disparities in underserved communities.
This program, sponsored by the CBA Environmental Committee, YLS Environmental Committee, and the Racial Justice Coalition, will train our members on the importance of environmental justice, so that when they are representing clients (whether in transactions, litigation, or regulatory compliance settings), they will be better informed on concerns of local residents on environmental restoration and the redress of environmental inequities. All parties have the right to a safe, healthy work environments and in their homes. To not require equity in this area of legal compliance is a stealth aspect of implicit bias.
In the first part of the program, we will hear from former and current U.S. EPA Region 5 and Illinois EPA environmental justice program directors about their approach to environmental justice issues and recent updates. In the second part of program, we will hear from environmental justice leaders in the Chicago area on their experiences advocating for justice in environmentally overburdened communities and their current efforts.
Topics / Speakers:
E. Lynn Grayson, First Vice President of the Chicago Bar Association; Partner, Nijman Franzetti LLP
Approaches to Environmental Justice in Illinois & U.S. EPA Region 5
Chris Pressnall, Environmental Justice Coordinator at Illinois EPA
Alan Walts, Director, Tribal and Multi-media Programs Office at U.S. EPA Region 5
Advocating for Justice in an Environmentally Overburdened Communities
Nancy Loeb, Director, Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Kim Wasserman, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
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