State of Environmental Justice in America 2011: Building the Clean Energy Economy with Equity — Registration Now Open

From an email we received, announcing the Department of Interior's Environmental Justice conference to be held in Washington DC in late April:

I am pleased to announce that the Department will be joining with several other Federal agencies and organizations in sponsoring this year’s Environmental Justice in America Conference.  The conference is in support of Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations), which states in part that “each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations…”

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building the Clean Energy Economy with Equity”.  The conference will encompass several of Secretary Salazar’s high priority goals, such as renewable energy development, tribal consultation, and youth and community involvement.  This is a unique opportunity for participants to collaborate and network with a diverse and multi-disciplined audience that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage.  The Conference is open to all Department employees.

The State of Environmental Justice in America 2011 Conference is scheduled to take place from April 27-29, in Washington, D.C.  The conference seeks to bring together Federal employees, state employees, tribes, academics, business and industry, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, local community activists, and others to participate in dialog on achieving environmental equality and environmental protection.

Conference registration is open now with a reduced early registration fee, which ends on April 1, 2011.  I encourage you to participate in the conference and register as appropriate, and as resources allow.  For additional information and to register for the conference, please visit:

Conference flyer:

Official conference web site:

To learn more about environmental justice at the Department, please visit:

The cost of registration is $150 until April 1, 2011, thereafter, the cost is $250. There is no registration fee for students. To register, please go to

For more information contact Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, at or John Rosenthall, Conference Coordinator at


Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.