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Conference: Environmental Justice, Advocacy and the Media

SJC is REALLY focused on civic engagement on behalf of the sustainability movement we are inspiring here in Jersey City.  One of our partners, The Citizens Campaign of New Jersey, inspires us with their very hard work in this area and are a great resource for tools and short courses

Below is upcoming Conference they are hosting.  While this event is not in Jersey City, we have asked them to partner with us to bring similar programming here - tick, tock and look forward to working with other community groups in allied approach to IMPACT Jersey City !


The Citizens Campaign announced today a statewide conference, “Environmental Justice, Advocacy, and The Media” to showcase citizen empowerment programs throughout the state that are protecting the air, water, and land in our most vulnerable communities and the roles citizens can play with the media to cover and connect these issues.

The Environmental Justice, Advocacy, and The Media conference will be held on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus at the Alexander Library, 4th Floor, from 6-8pm.  It is free and open to the public however, registration is strongly recommended due to limited seating, please register at

“This conference will highlight innovative programs that are empowering citizens to clean up their air, drinking water and contaminated plots of land without having to rely on the political establishment,” said Heather Taylor of The Citizens Campaign. “We will provide the tools and knowledge that citizens need to plant the seeds for these green initiatives to grow in other cities throughout the state and nation.” 

Ana Baptista, Director of Environmental & Planning Programs at the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) who is leading an initiative to improve the air quality in the City of Newark by linking citizens with city planners will serve as the keynote speaker.

The conference will also shine a spotlight on the environmental challenges facing the urban areas of our state and the evidence-based solutions which can further enhance media coverage of these issues.

A dynamic panel presentation will be moderated by Randy Solomon, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey and cover a variety of environmental justice efforts that feature citizen empowerment. Attendees of this free public conference will:

-Discuss the effort that has improved Trenton’s air quality with Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the College of New Jersey.

- Learn about the successful initiative that has dealt with storm water runoff and waste water in Camden from Andy Kricun, Executive Director of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.

-Hear about the clean-up of our state’s contaminated sites from Robert Spiegel, Executive Director of the Edison Wetlands Association.

This conference is designed to showcase urban environmental issues and focus on empowering citizens with the know-how that will enable them to connect with others, identify evidence-based solutions and communicate effectively about these important issues. This event is the 2nd in a series focused on environmental citizen journalism and is co-sponsored by Sustainable Jersey; it is made possible with support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The Citizens Campaign is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering citizens to get results on the issues they care about.

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  • Debra I.
    Chair, SJC, Co-Organizer
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