UofL Co-Hosts 6th Annual Environmental Justice Conference

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UofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, the West Jefferson County Community Task Force & the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were proud to present the 2022 Environmental Justice Conference on the theme of "Climate Change and Health: People, Principles, Priorities and Policymaking" on October 1, 2022.

This virtual conference featured presentations on health, climate change, the EPA's environmental policies, alternative energy, sustainability, odor reporting in Louisville, wastewater based epidemiology (aka sewer monitoring) for public health, the principles of environmental justice, and community building in the Park Hill neighborhood.

For more information about this conference, follow the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, @WJCCTF, or email wjcctf.lou@gmail.com

The schedule included several speakers from the University of Louisville:
10:05 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Tom Fitzgerald, JD, Former Executive Director, Kentucky Resource Council; Professor of Law at University of Louisville

10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Brian Holtzclaw, Environmental Engineer, EPA, Region 4, Atlanta, GA
Development on Policy - Funding Technology Assistance for Vulnerable Communities

10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Larry Taylor, Executive Advisor, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Tools for Environmental Justice – Background, Uses, and Challenges for State and Local Governments

11:05 a.m. - 11: 25 a.m. Justin Mog, PhD, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, University of Louisville
Greener Habits for a Greener Louisville

11:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Director, Louisville Climate Action Network
LCAN’s Urban Energy Partnership

11:45 p.m. - 12:05 p.m. Dr. Kelley McCants, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology; Director, Norton’s West End Hospital
Visions for Norton’s West End Hospital initiatives

12:15 p.m. - 12:25 p.m. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, New CEO - Park DuValle Health Center
Sharing the vision and challenges for the center

12:25 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Ted Smith, PhD, Research associate professor, Division of Environmental Medicine; Director, Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil, Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville
Flushing Health Insights Down the Drain

12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Natasha DeJarnett, PhD MPH, University of Louisville
Climate Change and Environmental Justice

1:05 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. James Tidwell, PhD, Chair, School of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Kentucky State University
How Climate Change affects our food supply

1:25 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Rachael Hamilton, Director, Louisville Air Pollution Control District Michelle King, Executive Administrator, Director of Program Planning
Odor regulation and how it applies

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Daymond Talley, Operations Manger, Treatment Facility, Metropolitan Sewer District
Odor and Infrastructure mitigation

2:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Jim Beckett, Managing Partner and Co-founder, The Reland Group
Shaping Neighborhoods - beginning with the end in mind (Highlighting the Park Hill Neighborhood)

2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Arnita Gadson, MA, Exec Director, West Jefferson County Community Task Force; Environmental Climate Justice Chair, NAACP Ky and Louisville chapters; Scholar-in-Residence, Envirome Institute, University of Louisville; Pres and CEO, A. Gadson Community Project Mgt, Corp
Principles of Environmental Justice

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