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Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Heather Case, Office of Environmental Justice, EPA
Onyemaechi Nweke, Office of Environmental Justice, EPA
Devon Payne-Sturges, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research, EPA

Contributing Experts
Gilbert C. Gee, University of California, Los Angeles
Amy Kyle, University of California, Berkeley
Russ Lopez, Boston University
Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California, Berkeley
Nsedu Obot-Witherspoon, Children’s Environmental Health Network
Robin Saha, University of Montana
Donele Wilkins, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Title: Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making: A Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health Impacts
Date: March 17 19, 2010
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Purpose: The U.S.EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, has made the inclusion of environmental justice principles in all U.S. EPA actions a priority. This symposium will serve as a platform to stimulate innovative and bold thinking, and foster discussions, about critical topics and approaches to achieve this goal. Symposium participants will explore opportunities to better assess and address environmental justice in environmental policy and regulatory decision making. Multiple factors including social, political, psychosocial, economic, physical, chemical and biological determinants contribute to disproportionate human health or environmental impacts. Therefore, diverse expertise and multidisciplinary approaches that incorporate the perspectives of impacted communities and populations are necessary to better inform environmental health policy. Symposium participants will come from diverse backgrounds including researchers, academics, policy-makers, non-governmental organization representatives, government officials (e.g. local, regional, national, tribal, international), lay experts, and students. Due to the overwhelming response to the Symposium, registration is filled to capacity. However we will webcast of all the plenary sessions over the 2 ½ days of the Symposium.
Abstracts: Abstracts
Agenda: Agenda
Commissioned Paper Abstracts: Commissioned Paper Abstracts
Themes: Theme #1: Understanding contributors to disproportionate environmental health impacts to facilitate their consideration in decision making (PDF) (4pp, 58 K)
Theme #2: Informing policy and decision making to protect environmental health (PDF) (2pp, 49 K)
Theme #3: Informing research to advance policy (PDF) (2pp, 33 K)
Webcast: Webcast
Webinars: Webinars

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