March 25-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Environment Today: Biodiversity and Environmental Justice

Friday - Sunday, March 25-27, 2011

4:30 pm - Opening remarks for the weekend course
5:00 pm - Opening Lecture

Mellon Auditorium in Posner Hall (Tepper)

Opening Lecture: Current state of affairs in the environment with special emphasis on environmental advocacy and environmental justice

Opening lecture to be delivered by Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Heinz Award for the Environment Winner

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. She is a former Democratic District Leader, who represented West Harlem from 1985 to April 1993, and served as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus-Manhattan from 1993-1997.

From January 2001-2003, Ms. Shepard served as the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and is co-chair of the Northeast Environmental Justice Network. She is a former member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health and a member of the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Shepard serves on the Institute of Medicine’s committee: Ethics of Housing-Related Health Hazard Research Involving Children, Youth, and Families.

Environment Today is a weekend course. In addition to students attending the various sessions for credit, the individual lectures are open to the campus community and to the public. For more information regarding the full weekend schedule, please visit the weekend today website.

The Environment Today has been supported by a grant from Heinz College.