Facets of Environmental Justice: Socially Vulnerable Communities and Engaging Latino Communities
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Sep 26, 2012 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: 01:00 (hh:mm)
- Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service
- Tamberly Conway, Conservation Education Specialist, USDA Forest Service
- International Society of Arboriculture - 1 hour NA Credit
- Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit
Natural resource management agencies and organizations are increasingly implementing strategies to achieve environmental justice in programs, policies, planning, and public participation. But, what is environmental justice exactly? Join this webinar session to learn how environmental justice issues go beyond disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards in low income, minority communities. Environmental justice also includes meeting the needs of underserved communities by increasing: access to decision-making processes, access to environmental benefits, and access to technical assistance and appropriate outreach efforts.
Cassandra will provide an overview of environmental justice and then discuss her recent work investigating the social vulnerability of communities to wildfire risk with implications for mitigation efforts. Tamberly will discuss her work engaging Latino communities in decision-making processes and delivering outreach and educational programming for Latino communities. Finally, learn five steps you can take to address environmental justice in the communities and programs you work with.