Diesel & Environmental Justice Workshop in Portland
Neighbors for Clean Air is please to co-host this one-day workshop to build relationships among community members and federal, state and local agencies, and to develop a shared understanding of regional air quality issues and impacts to communities with environmental justice concerns.
While the exact agenda is still being finalized, our focus is to come together to learn about air quality, diesel emissions, health impacts and tools to assess impacts that can help build capacity to work collaboratively to identify strategies to improve air quality in Oregon. People attending the workshop will leave with an enhanced knowledge of governing laws and rulemaking processes, which can help lead to more constructive engagement on areas for action. Government attendees will learn tools for meaningfully and effectively engaging with environmental justice communities on issues that matter to them.
Our special guest speaker is Charles Lee, the Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Lee is widely recognized as a true pioneer in the arena of environmental justice, as the principal author of the landmark report, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. Learn more about Mr. Lee here
This workshop is a joint work effort of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Neighbors for Clean Air (NCA), Portland State University (PSU), Multnomah County (Mult Co), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The proposed attendees are local community groups; state, local, and federal agencies; tribal governments; PSU; and national experts. NCA and PSU will support additional workshops following this session.