Thursday, May 28, 2009

Day Two of Conference Moves To the Double Tree


The second day of the conference mirrored the first day in terms of attendance and interest. People from all over the country were wide-eyed and ready to question panelists. A description of the activities is below.

OPENING SESSION: Environmental Justice in the Obama Administration, Presider: Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice ProgramManager, United States Department of Energy. Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Anne Bartuska, Acting UnderSecretary, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Department of Agriculture.

CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION: Federal Agencies Discussion, Presider: Darcie L. Houck, Attorney at Law, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP. Discussion Leader: John C. Cruden, Acting Assistant Attorney General,United States Department of Justice. Panelists: David Hayes, Deputy Secretary, United States Department ofInterior Cheryl Cook, Deputy Under Secretary, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture. John Atcheson, Energy Technology Program Specialist , United StatesDepartment of Energy

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: We Are From the Government and We Are Here to Help. Federal Efforts to Integrate Environmental Justice. Moderator: Nicolas Targ, Program Manager, Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, Office of Environmental Justice, United States Environmental Protection Agency Presenters: Carolyn Harper, Environmental Justice Initiatives, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry National Center for Environmental Health ,Centers for Disease Control Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, United States Department of Energy Carlton Lewis, Program Compliance Manager, Civil Rights/Program Compliance, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture Gladys Gary Vaughn, Director, Office of Outreach, United States Department of Agriculture Kent Benjamin, Associate Director, Office of Environmental Justice, Program Development and Integration, United States Environmental Protection Agency Susan Mockenhaupt, Program Manager, Urban & Community Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. Safiya Samman, Director, Conservation Education, U.S. Forest Service.

Bringing Federal Dollars Back to your Community: How toAccess Federal “EJ” Grants and other Grant-Writing Tips. Moderator: Geraldine Herring, Special Outreach ProgramManager, Office of Outreach and Diversity, United States Department of Agriculture Presenters: Sheila Lewis, Grants Manager, Office of Environmental J ustice,United States Environmental Protection Agency. Liam R. O'Fallon, Program Administrator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Health and Human Services.

Getting a Seat at the Climate Change Table: Using Public Comment Periods to Your Benefit Wilson (This session features a hands on exercise) Moderator: Fred Jenkins, Environmental Justice Coordinator,Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, United States Environmental Protection Agency Presenters: Juanita Constible, Coastal Louisiana Technical Analyst, National Wildlife Federation. Sacoby Wilson, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina Bryce E. Feighner, Supervisor, Chemical Process Unit, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Technology, Indigenous Communities and Human Rights Moderator: Johny Chaklader, Co-founder and President, Shapna and Co-founder of TEI and Student, Howard University School of LawPresenters: Chadwick Valliant, Student, Howard University School of Law Leila Khazra, Student, Howard University School of Law Kristen Bowden, Student, Howard University School of Law

Worker Training Panel: Green Jobs, Environmental Safety and Health Training to Support Green Jobs Initiative Nationwide Van Buren Moderator: Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Director, Worker Education and Training Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Presenters: Roshani Dantas, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Training ProgramJerome Ringo, President, Apollo Alliance Myra Lewis, Assistant Director, Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Patrick Brown, Trainer, OAI, Inc.

CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION Poverty, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Agriculture -The Shapna Project Presider: Geraldine Herring, Special Outreach Program Manager, Office of Outreach and Diversity, United States Department of Agriculture Presenters: Tiffany Taylor, Co-founder and CFO, Shapna, and Co-founder,The Empowerment Initiative (TEI) Nick Elton, Co-founder and Chief Compliance Officer, Shapna and Co-founder, TEIElman Woodson, Chief Marketing Officer, Shapna and cofounder of TEIJohny Chaklader, Co-founder and President of Shapna and co -founder of TEISyed Hasib, Chairman and Co-founder of Tetulia Tea CompanyLimited (TTCL) Monjur Hossain, Vice Chairman, TTCLMosharraf Hossain, Managing Director.

Special Session Meet the Agencies

CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION Health Disparities – The Unique Relationship Between the Quality ofour Environment and Health Disparities Moderator: David Rivers, Assistant Professor and Director of thePublic Information and Community Outreach, Medical University ofSouth CarolinaPanelists: The Honorable Donna Christ ianson, Member of Congress,US Virgin IslandsDebra Furr-Holden, Assistant Professor, Director, DIVE Studies Laboratory, Johns Hopkins UniversityMichael Bird, Public Health Consultant , Past President of the American Public Health Association

CONCURRENT Not on My Highway/Port: Federal and Corporate Partnerships Working to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Local Goods Movement Moderator: Mustafa Ali, Communications Lead, Office ofEnvironmental Justice, United States Environmental Protection AgencyPresenters:Victor McMahan, Office of Air and Radi ation, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, United States Environmental Protection AgencyApril Marchese, Director, Office of Natural and Human Environment, Federal Highway Administration, Department ofTransportationPatrick Davis, Vehicle Technologies, Office of Energy Efficiencyand Renewable Energy, United States Department of Energy Craig Boroughf, Director, Transpor tation, USG Corporation Jack W. Gehring, Director, Emission Regulations andConformance, Caterpillar Inc.

Public Education: Climate Change, Environmental Justiceand Public Health Issues Moderator: Sonya Baskerville, Manager, National Relations at Bonneville Power Administration, United States Department of EnergyPresenters: Nia Robinson, Director, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, Earth Justice Elizabeth C. Yeamprierre, Executive Director, UPROSE and Chair, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Sharon Gauthe, Executive Director, Bayou Interfaith SharedCommunity Organizing (BISCO)

Climate Change and the Economy Moderator: Bruce Rooths, Senior Management Analyst, SAIC Presenters:Dawn Harris Jeffries, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Milton Bluehouse Jr., Environmental Justice a nd Tribal Liaison,State of New MexicoDoug Wyatt, Senior Consulting Scientist and Program Director, New Energy and Environmental Sciences, URS Corporation

Grass Roots Communities with Concrete Plans of Solving. Global Warming and Climate Justice Work and Sustainable Building for Entry Level and Low Income Citizens Moderator: Alfred Dixon, Former Mayor, Greenevers, North Carolina Presenters: Michael Loya, Technologies Specialist and Principal, La MesillaVerde.comLori Goodman, Treasurer, Dine’ Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment (Dine’ C.A.R.E.)

Environmental Justice at Work in Communities: Practical Case Studies Moderator: Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, PC Presenters: Rich Walsh, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel forEnvironmental Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Valero EnergyCorporationHilton Kelley, Founder and CEO, Community In -Power & Development Association, Inc. Albertha Hasten, President, Louisiana Environmental Justice Community Organization Coalition John Segal, Attorney, Shenetech

Approaches to Brownfields Redevelopment Jackson Presenters: Nicolas Targ, Partner, Holland and Knight, LLPMichael Goldstein, Attorney, Akerman Senterfitt

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