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Symposium: “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment”

March 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - March 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm PDT

The 2021 Environmental Justice Symposium: “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment” is a free event presented by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Gonzaga University School of Law and the Environmental Studies Department.

It will be held from 1 to 4 pm on March 23 and March 24, 2021.

Learn more and register at:

The proposed schedule is:

March 23, 2021 (Day 1) | 1-4 PM

1:00 PM Opening Prayer: Spokane Tribe

1:05 PM Introductory Remarks & Welcome with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

1:30 PM Panel : “Air” moderated by Linn Gould, Executive Director, Just Health Action

  • Paulina López, Exec. Director, Duwamish River CleanUp Coalition
  • Todd Mitchell, Environmental Director, Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tania Park, Equity & Community Engagement Manager, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
  • Edmund Seto, Assoc. Professor, UW Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

2:45 PM Panel : “Water” moderated by Rick Eichstaedt, J.D., Board Member, Washington Growth Management Hearings Board

  • Dan Rey-Bear, Attorney
  • Clarita Lefthand-Begay, Ph.D., Director, Tribal Water Security Project
  • Ted Knight, Attorney
  • Amelia Marchand, Program Director, Colville Confederated Tribes Environmental Trust Dept.

3:45 PM Keynote Address: Jacqueline Patterson, Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director, NAACP

March 24, 2021 (Day 2) | 1-4 PM

1:00 PM Panel: “Land/Built Environment” moderated by Mariel Thuraisingham,Clean Energy Policy Lead, Front and Centered

  • Lylianna Allala, Climate Justice Director, City of Seattle
  • Ubaldo Hernandez, Senior Organizer, Columbia Riverkeeper
  • Ivy Jaguzny, Youth Organizer
  • David Mendoza, Director of Advocacy & Engagement, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jeremy Takala, Councilmember, Yakama Nation

 2:05 PM Keynote: Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation & President of the National Congress of American Indians

2:45 PM Panel: “Racism & Inclusion” moderated by Steve Hamai, Senior Racial Equity Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities

  • Susan Balbas, Executive Director, Naahill’ahee Fund
  • Olgy Diaz, Government Affairs Director, Forterra
  • Aurora Janke, Assistant Attorney General, AGO – Environmental Protection Division
  • Katelyn Kinn, Staff Attorney, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

3:45 PM  Closing Remarks by Dean Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., Ph.D.,Gonzaga University School of Law

3:55 PM  Closing Prayer: Spokane Tribe



March 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm PDT
March 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm PDT
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