Peggy Shepard

Shepard to Give Environmental Health and Justice Lecture

April 18, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25, Hartwick College will present leading environmental justice advocate Peggy Shepard, who will give a lecture titled "Advancing Environmental Health & Justice: A Community Perspective." The lecture will be held at 8 p. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Environmental Justice Movement has worked over the past 20 years to impact environmental policy to improve environmental health and protection in communities of color and low income. This presentation will define environmental justice and discuss its challenges and achievements through the years. It will highlight WE ACT's work in Northern Manhattan neighborhoods as well as the evolution, research and policy processes and outcomes of a community-based participatory research partnership that has had multi-level impacts on environmental health policy concerning air quality and related environmental justice concerns.

Shepard has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy and environmental health research to become a national leader in advancing the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities - to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all. Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT), based in West Harlem, which has a 22-year history of engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to affect environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally.

WE ACT's work has provided a clear road map of how a community based organization can positively impact local, state, and national policymaking on environmental justice, public health, and equity issues. A recipient of the Calver Award from APHA, the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from the Rockefeller Foundation, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Smith College, Shepard is a past chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This event is co-sponsored by the departments of Political Science and Sociology, Grassroots, Pi Sigma Alpha (the Political Science Honor Society), Student Senate, and the Hartwick College 2011-2012 Human Question Campus Theme. For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030