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Thursday, April 5 • 10:50am - 12:15pm
TH10.50.05 Environmental Justice Academy Principles: From Instruction to Application

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The colloquy will provide participants insight about the Environmental Justice Academy principles and how graduates utilize acquired knowledge and skills in practical ways. The Environmental Justice Academy (EJA) "is a rigorous, nine-month leadership development program designed to cultivate skills [that] participants can use to identify and address environmental challenges in their communities." The Environmental Protection Agency's collaborative problem solving model is central to the EJA's curriculum. Graduates leave the program equipped to explore possible solutions to a variety of concerns resulting from the disparate impact of social and environmental inequities experienced by underserved and marginalized communities. A diverse group of four speakers representing academia, public, private and non-profit organizations will focus upon specific ways in which they engage their skills in different situations. The first speaker will provide an overview of the Environmental Justice Academy, including basic principles and comprehensive teachings. Other colloquy presenters will: discuss the incorporation of EJA precepts into developing an ecodistrict; illustrate the benefits of community based participatory research in creating viable community profiles; and examine how the collaborative problem solving model is being used engage community members in building partnerships to address environmental challenges. Speakers approach each topic from reflective experiences and individual perspectives. Their work illuminates the broad applicability of environmental justice principles and the collaborative problem solving model to community work, development plans, and organization environments.
1. Introduce the fundamental principles and teachings of the Environmental Justice Leadership Academy.
2. Community based participatory research as a conduit to foregrounding community profiles and clarifying needs of marginalized communities.
3. Illuminate by specific example how the collaborative problem solving model is being used to engage community members and partners to address contamination and blight.
4. Illustrate the application of EJA principles to the ECO District Imperative, disaster preparedness and resilience in underserved communities.
5. Create a roadmap that incorporates sustainability principles to promote healthy, resilient communities and confront pressing global challenges.


Moderator: Joan Wesley, Jackson State University


Community Based Participatory Research as a Conduit to Foregrounding Community Profiles and Clarifying Needs of Marginalized Communities
Joan Wesley, Jackson State University


Illustrate the Application of EJA Principles to the ECO District Imperative, Disaster Preparedness and Resilience in Underserved Communities 
Garry Harris, Center for Sustainable Communities


Create a Roadmap that Incorporates Sustainability Principles to Promote Healthy, Resilient Communities and Confront Pressing Global Challenges 
Chandra Farley, Southface Energy Institute


Illuminate by Specific Example How the Collaborative Problem Solving Model is Being Employed for EPA’s Community Engagement University 
Gwendylon Smith, Collier Heights Community Association


Thursday April 5, 2018 10:50am - 12:15pm
Chestnut West (Mezzanine Floor)