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Environmental Justice in Policy Making

November 15, 2022 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Science and technology are constantly evolving, as is our knowledge of the environmental consequences of new technologies like batteries and plastics. In many cases, negative consequences disproportionately burden marginalized communities. North Carolina has a storied role in the history of environmental justice, beginning with opposition to siting waste facilities in a majority Black county. Today these challenges continue.

Our panelists will address topics at the intersection of environmental justice, policy making, and science. NC Dept. of Environmental Quality Secretary Biser is at the forefront of statewide policy, while Ms. A’Jae Grisby offers a grassroots perspective as Environmental Justice Coordinator for the NC Conservation Network. Dr. Barbara Turpin instead offers academic insights on scientists’ roles in policy making, and how can scientists use environmental justice to inform their research. Finally, Senior Attorney Mr. Geoff Gisler offers his perspective on advocacy at the federal level through his work at the Southern Environmental Law Center. Lunch is provided. 


Medical Biomolecular Research Building, G-202
111 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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