Texas Southern University Looks at Resiliency and Sustainability during Climate Justice Roundtable

Source OnEarth MagazineThe Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University is hosting a Climate Justice Roundtable this Friday December 13, 2013. The event is a follow-up to the Invisible Houston Revisited Policy Summit hosted by TSU last month, where I was lucky enough to attend and present. It also marks the kick off for the Houston Environmental Justice Climate Action Network (HEJCAN), a multi-ethnic network- the staff from the Mickey Leland Center for Environment Justice and Sustainability is helping organize.

The theme of the roundtable focuses on the efforts Houston is making to become a more resilient, sustainable and environmentally just city in the face of extreme weather and other climate change impacts.  The roundtable will also highlight the climate gap, inequity, social vulnerability, and environmental challenges that burden low-income and people of color communities and place them at special risk.  The event is free and open to the public.

If you are in Houston or the surrounding area, you should not miss this opportunity. The prestigious group of panelists will focus on identifying climate change and environmental justice challenges in the city, policies needed to eliminate the climate gap and vulnerable communities and the state of environmental justice programs in Houston.

Roundtable Panelists will include:

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University;

Ms. Nadia J. Siddiqui, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Health Institute;

Ms. Jennifer Ronk, Program Director, Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC);

Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University of New Orleans;

And The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator from Houston and co-chair of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change (invited).

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