White House Forum on Environmental Justice

Outside Norco, LA (© Osha Gray Davidson)

The White House Forum on Environmental Justice was held on Wednesday. Here’s a list of the day’s announced events:

10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session featuring Nancy Sutley, chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Lisa P. Jackson, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

10:20 a.m. Green Jobs, Clean Energy Session featuring opening remarks by Hilda Solis, secretary of labor

11:40 a.m. Legal Framework for Advancing Environmental Justice Session, featuring opening remarks by Eric Holder. United States attorney general

1:50 p.m. Healthy Communities and Place-based Initiatives Session, featuring opening remarks by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human Services

3:15 p.m. Climate Adaptation Session, featuring opening remarks by Ken Salazar, secretary of the interior and Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security

4:25 p.m. Closing Session, Nancy Sutley, chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality

From the Council on Environmental Quality:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Nancy Sutley, the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, hosted a live chat to answer your questions about the Obama Administration’s work to create a healthy and sustainable environment for all Americans. They took questions from Facebook participants and students ranging from eighth grade to doctoral candidates who were assembled at Occidental University in Los Angeles, CA, and were on the other end of the video chat.

Here’s the video of that Q&A:

White House Wrap-Up

After the Forum, the White House issued a press release with their take (aka, spin) on the event.


White House Forum on Environmental Justice, press release

Resources

1. More pictures from Cancer Alley (and text).

2. Bhopal

3. Dumping in Dixie by Robert Bullard.

4. Article on Robert Bullard.

5. Memorandum on Environmental Justice, President William J. Clinton, Feb. 11, 1994.

6. The Quest for Environmental Justice by Robert Bullard.

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