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Environmental Justice: Creating Clean and Healthy Communities for All - Shared screen with speaker view
Trisha O'Hagan she/her
25:17
Mothers Out Front
Carol Baroudi
25:32
Welcome everyone - I”m a BASG co-organizer and sustainability consultant.
Helen Snively
25:44
Helen Snively, Cambridge City Growers, curious to just listen
Matt Spearing
25:57
Hi everyone. I serve as Director of Environmental Sustainability at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA. I’m most excited to bring a justice lens for my students.
Brita Lundberg
26:04
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. Hoping to explore: just learn more
Jenna Gavula
26:17
Nature lover from Hopkinton here. Looking to listen and learn.
Jenji Henson
26:18
Jenji Henson with EcoRise—based in Austin with key K-12 Sustainability and Green Building programs in the Boston area
Eric Owens (he/him/his)
26:20
Hi! My name is Eric. I live in Beverly and I work for Change is Simple - elementary environmental education company. Also curious to just listen.
Amy Perlmutter
26:20
Hi, everyone, welcome! I’m Amy, independent environmental consultant based in Cambridge and co-organizer of BASG. Thrilled to see the interest in this topic and to learn more from our speakers.
Natasha Mihelcic
26:21
I’m an Environmental Studies major at SJSU and I am excited to learn more about sustainability and environmental justice
Eric Owens
26:30
Amy. outreach at Change is Simple - exploring Social Justice and everything else you are speaking about
Chase Macpherson
26:31
I’m new to the area and BASG, I’m a young person entering the world of professional climate policy and advocacy! I’m very focused on incorporating justice into all climate work
Olivia Sanchez
26:49
Hi there - Olivia from Southern California -working on diversity equality and inclusion in the solid waste and recycling industry
Cynthia Maltbie
26:56
Cambridge, following on a meeting at Lori Landers. I work with Girls’ LEAP an organization that helps girls and nonbinary youth learn how to keep themselves safe — and environmental justice is important in their communities - primarily Boston
Mary Ann Remolador, NERC
27:00
I'm with the Northeast Recycling Council and would like to have an Environmental Justice session at our Fall Conference, and I need to learn more from people working on this topic.
Aaron Pins
27:02
Undergraduate Student at Brandeis University. I’m excited to just listen and learn!
Emmanuelle "Manou" Joassaint
27:06
I'm in Lowell, no specific affiliation, curious about BASG &learning more about sustainability and climate change activism in general -Manou
Trisha Montalbo
27:12
Environmental consultant, here to learn more
Amelia Y (she/her)
27:24
Hi all, I am an artist and member of Extinction Rebellion Boston ( xrmass.org ). I'm most excited to hear more perspectives from other Boston-area folks on the topic of EJ (Environmental Justice) specifically.
Pallavi Shrestha (she/her/hers)
27:24
Pallavi Shrestha - I work with the Workforce Development Team at Asian American Civic Association in Boston
Katie McKibben
27:24
NW Ohio Immigrant Rights Network (Equality and Social Justice
Jessica Brooks, Sunwealth (she/her)
27:27
Jess Brooks, Sunwealth (and also Mothers Out Front! Investing in community-based solar projects - and helping other people and organizations do the same!
Dominic Martinelli
27:33
Hi! Change is Simple, Environmental and sustainability education for elementary students
Jean Devine
27:46
Jean Devine, Meadowscaping for Biodiversity, adding environmental justice to our curriculum that empowers youth to make a difference by applying nature-based solutions to biodiversity restoration, climate change and youth futures.
Lauren & Patrick Belmonte
27:53
Hi Everyone, Patrick & Lauren Belmonte Co-Directors of Change is Simple, Inc. A non-profit sustainability & climate education program that works with schools throughout the Boston area.
Ethan Janis
28:22
Environmental Educator here from Change is Simple. Stoked to get some different perspectives on this topic.
Tori she/her
28:24
Tori from Colorado, taking an EJ online course and want to learn more
Myrna Greenfield
28:36
I'm a food marketing consultant, always eager to learn how to be an ally for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice.
Jackson Haskell
28:58
Jackson, AmpUp (EV Charging Software) - Excited to explore how we can ensure public money (grants, incentives, subsidies) is spent FIRST on/in areas and groups that need it most
Alanna Nelson
29:11
Hi all, Alanna Nelson, author of the weekly newsletter “Green Up With Me,” your Massachusetts weekly push away from fossil fuel.
Yonatan Schreiber (he/him)
29:14
Greenvest (SRI/ESG investment). I'm working on adding an environmental justice focus to our general climate/environment approaches
Skye Schirmer (she/her)
29:17
Skye Schirmer, looking to sort of shift into an environmental justice/ community greening career path. im originally from the boston area but live in brooklyn now. (Jean Devine- Meadowscaping for Biodiversity- is my aunt and I’m working on a project with her right now)
Ariela Lovett
29:24
Ariela, working with local officials through Mass. Municipal Association, my focus is environmental and climate policy. Looking to learn and to network.
Laura Bonitatibus
29:41
Laura Bonitatibus, social worker and preschool teacher, with a passion for sustainability. I live in Framingham, and am hoping to make connections through basg (was recommended by a friend who works for epa), and to learn more about environmental justice
Avery Kaplan (they/she)
29:41
Hi! I’m a recent grad and public engagement consultant with Strategic Earth. Looking to meet folks, and for opportunities at environmental justice orgs in Boston :) Happy to connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/averykaplan/
Skye she/her
29:51
Hi all, Skye here from Change is Simple. Environmental educator excited to engage in these topics with my coworkers and hear from some new perspectives
Eric Grunebaum
30:07
I'm based in Cambridge and do impact investment brokering via Bequia Securities. I also do solar development, primarily for nonprofits, and I have a pro bono environmental justice project in North Cambridge to transform a brownfield into a safe green space across from ~4,000 affordable housing residents near the Alewife T stop.
Arnold Sapenter
30:58
Hi everyone I am participating as a sustainability and cultural diversity consultant and as a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. I look forward to hearing the Panel Discussion.
Amy Perlmutter
33:06
URL for Guardian video of Melanie and South Baltimore Community Land Trust: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/apr/12/inside-south-baltimores-fight-against-burning-trash-video (look at it after the event not now!!)
Amy Perlmutter
33:40
:-)
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
35:41
Welcome everyone! Thank you for being here for this conversation.
Delphine Gabbay
43:00
Delphine Gabbay (I volunteer with The Trustees of Reservations, FoodLink, Food For Free, Cambridge Bike Delivery, Somerville community gardens). Thank you Holly, Amy, and team for organizing!
Zakhia Grant
44:32
Reading Dumping in Dixie introduced me to EJ many years ago!
Eric Grunebaum
48:34
There it is in print…. shocking.
Barry Indaco
50:09
I'm from the Merrimack Valley
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
51:02
@Barry: Did you know about the mercury levels?
Barry Indaco
51:29
Nope
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
51:37
I’m sorry.
Amy Perlmutter
52:18
It’s so disturbing.
Zakhia Grant
53:53
Can you provide that reference to the new study at some point?
Gary Smith
54:08
Incredibly disturbing, infuriating and presented in a way that educators can use. Thank you for the work you've all done to bring Danny and this information to us.
Meleny Thomas
55:13
My LORD :( so aggrevating!
Laura Bonitatibus
55:24
Would it be possible to have access to that last slide that showed the top polluted communities in MA?
Gary Smith
55:54
The presentation is being recorded and should be available on systyboston, yes?
Amy Perlmutter
56:25
Slides and recording will be available on BASG website after the event.
Laura Bonitatibus
56:39
thanks
Zakhia Grant
56:40
Thanks!
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
56:44
@Gary Yes
Gary Smith
56:55
Thank you!!
Amy Perlmutter
57:15
So glad we have someone like Danny Faber studying these issues and thinking about solutions.
Olivia Sanchez
57:32
That was a powerful presentation- thank you!
Amy Perlmutter
57:49
Prevention is key, not just moving pollution into white neighborhoods! No one deserves this kind of pollution.
Amy Perlmutter
01:00:26
I’m angry.
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:03:17
No coincidence.
Amy Perlmutter
01:05:34
In Massachusetts, burning garbage is considered a form of renewable energy and gets subsidies as such.
Amy Perlmutter
01:05:48
even though it is not a form of renewable energy.
Julianna Kremer
01:08:31
Massachusetts banned the disposal of commercial organic waste to divert food waste statewide, in 2014.
Amy Perlmutter
01:08:51
I saw an article today saying that Boston now wants to build its own waste incinerator. This is not the road to zero waste or environmental justice!
Zakhia Grant
01:10:35
We need to hear more about these EJ victories, the direct product of all of the community's hard work!
Amelia Y (she/her)
01:11:19
That's horrific
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:13:17
So good that this story is getting shared and elevated
Julianna Kremer
01:14:50
I’d like to chat with you, Meleny, and others who are interested, about food rescue organizations to get good food to people and inedible food to compost.
Danny Faber
01:15:03
My EJ study that I cited in the presentation is called Unequal Exposure to Ecological Hazards: Environmental Injustices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can easily find it online, or at the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative website.
Amy Perlmutter
01:15:21
Questions for the speakers: Are the #’s that Danny showed for MA typical of the rest of the country? Will Biden’s EJ policies lead to meaningful change?
Julianna Kremer
01:15:25
www.foodlinkma.org
Zakhia Grant
01:15:25
Thank you Danny
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:16:40
Amazing
Jenna Gavula
01:18:48
THANK YOU MELENY!!
Zakhia Grant
01:19:15
@Melany can you place those links in the chat at some point?
Gary Smith
01:19:35
Thank you for being a leader in your community Meleny - You're making some real changes --> hope..
Julianna Kremer
01:19:43
THANKYOU!
Danny Faber
01:19:50
Thanks Meleny!! Great presentation!
Anna Woodroof
01:19:52
This is my first meeting but I think its great that the conversation has talked about the importance for us as Sustainability practitioners to understand and speak out against systemic racism and to promote solutions that work to break down white supremacy culture.
Connie Scanlon
01:20:18
Thank you Meleny!
Olivia Sanchez
01:20:25
Such amazing work and journey - thank you for educating me
Eric Grunebaum
01:20:36
Thank you ~ inspiring Meleny!
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:21:42
I love the geographic diversity this evening!
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:24:02
Others who want to acknowledge the people whose lands upon which you are a guest, here’s a resource: https://native-land.ca/
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:24:58
Frances is doing a much better job of explaining the terms. Thank you.
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:27:06
This evening’s presentation is a great suggested reading and viewing list!
Andrew Nicosia
01:28:50
This has been wonderful; thank you all!
Meleny Thomas
01:28:50
Mayor Scotts Remarks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz9aJX1agWQ&t=1s
Meleny Thomas
01:29:48
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Meleny Thomas
01:30:05
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Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:30:47
So impressive
Meleny Thomas
01:30:56
Love the youth involvement Frances
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:31:44
Do folks have questions for any of the speakers? Type them here in the chat.
Amy Perlmutter
01:31:52
http://feministgreennewdeal.com/
Amy Perlmutter
01:32:51
https://www.feministcovidresponse.com?
Gary Smith
01:32:57
Question for any speaker: Do you see significant areas of encouragement in the policies of the new administration in Washington?
Meleny Thomas
01:36:48
LOVE this Frances, healing justice
Laura Bonitatibus
01:37:53
Question for Danny, do you have a short list of organizations in the Boston area (or even better, metrowest) to get involved with (volunteering, support, etc)
Amy Perlmutter
01:38:14
In our BASG talk on Climate Grief a few months back, our speakers talked about the high burnout of people working on the front lines of climate change. Not exactly the same as what Frances is talking about, but all of us working to change the world for the better also need to remember to take care of ourselves.
Amy Perlmutter
01:39:13
applause, so impressed by all of you. Thank you.
Stephanie Wasiuk
01:39:30
Thank you all so much
Meleny Thomas
01:39:41
Thank you all for the opportunity to present
Frances Roberts-Gregory
01:40:20
Thank you everyone!
Avery Kaplan (they/she)
01:40:30
In my free time I’m a green jobs advocate (for the american society of adaptation professionals), connecting young people (like myself) with tools to get entry-level green jobs. Wondering if y’all could speak on resources and strategies to get jobs in environmental justice? Thank you!
Anna Woodroof
01:42:16
Curious about presenters thoughts on the use of "EJ" as a term-is it becoming a new trend word? Should we think critically about when and how that term is used?
Arnold Sapenter
01:42:25
Thank you to all the speakers for very informative and stimulating presentations that encourage actions!
Meleny Thomas
01:45:27
There is also the Restoring Communities Act that we are hoping will be successful to help address the housing injustice ramifications of redlining. We need Federal Senate backing.
Zakhia Grant
01:45:34
This is probably a conversation for another day, but it would be interesting to talk about what is considered a "green job" and are POC being steered into high paying, skill-specific jobs that would aid in preventing or remediating EJ issues.
Meleny Thomas
01:48:00
Good question Zakhia, one of the things we are proposing are reuse businesses like Eureka where the jobs are unionized, a need for local infrastructure in Baltimore the handle our goals
Alanna Nelson
01:48:18
Great topic, Zakhia!
Eric Owens (he/him/his)
01:48:26
Thank you to all of the speakers! This was an incredibly informative talk.
Carol Baroudi
01:48:35
Thank you speakers and Amy! Great evening!
Holly Fowler, BASG (she/her/s)
01:48:36
www.basg.org
Gary Smith
01:48:46
Thank you Amy and Everyone! This was an amazing session.
Natasha Mihelcic
01:48:56
Thank you!
Zakhia Grant
01:48:59
Thank you, speakers!