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Environmental Justice & Climate Protection Conference 2024

June 13 & 14, 2024
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, Savannah, GA
and Zoom

Our third annual Environmental Justice and Climate Protection Conference brings together community leaders, concerned citizens, elected officials, academics, and industry experts. Together we will break information silos through information sharing focused on identifying solutions to heal and improve the environmental health of all Georgians.

 

“Pollution anywhere is pollution everywhere.” — Dr. Treva Gear

Attendees to this two-day conference receive solutions-oriented information on the dimensions of environmental health that impact Georgia residents. With sessions on environmental justice impacts, translating knowledge into action, and community coalition building, we will discuss, and more importantly, actively brainstorm, what community work can be done right now to move the needle on improving environmental health.

HOSTS:

Conference Charge: What can be done *right now* to work with communities to move the needle on addressing environmental impacts on health? How can we measure success so that these immediate actions are sustained?

Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, June 13th (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

9:00-9:15 Opening Session

9:30 – 10:45 Environmental Justice Activation

Andrea Jones, Georgia WAND
FreAsia Young, Brown & Associates Environmental Solution
Treva Gear, Dogwood Alliance

11:00-12:15 Environmental Justice on the Coast

Jazz Watts, One Hundred Miles
Alice Keyes, One Hundred Miles

11:00-12:15 Environmental Justice in Data

Kaiya Murphey, Partnership for Southern Equity
Dominique Mack, Community Rx
Femi Adesanyaon, E212
Amy Sharma, Science for Georgia

12:15- 1:00 Lunch and Keynote with Dr. Mildred McClain from Harambee House

1:00- 2:15 Outreach/Connecting with Communities (I)

Kandake May Wallace, Florida A&M University
Tasha Messer, EcoRise
Morgan Barnes, Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Garry Harris, Sustainability Solutions Group and Institute

1:00- 2:15 Resources & Grantmaking

Brittany Shaar and Aradhana Chandra, Southern Environmental Law Center
Melanie Pearson, Emory CHART
Kevin Daniels, Georgia Southern University

2:30- 3:45 Research Interactions with Community (VIRTUAL)

Leslie Rubin, Break the Cycle

2:30- 3:45 Gardening

Ginger LaRue, Building Upward LLC
Nia Harper, Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Jami Nakan, The University of North Georgia

4:00-5:30 Happy Hour, Unposter Session, Climate Fresk Workshop

Friday, June 14th (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

9:00- 9:15 Opening remarks

9:15-10:30 Outreach/Connecting with Communities (II) 

Hailey Hatfield, University of Georgia CHARTER
Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, University of Georgia CHARTER
Opeyemi Aransiola, EcoAction
Yomi Noibi, EcoAction
Tonya Bonitatibus, Healthy Augutsa

10:45 – 12:15 Listening session and report out with lawmakers and representatives

12:15-1:00: Closing remarks and take-home lunches

Sponsorship

Sponsors enable us to provide travel stipends, produce high-quality videos, and keep the momentum going.

Environmental Justice Heroes

Climate Champions

Change Agents

Friends of Environmental Justice

Register

Location Information & Lodging

Online – Zoom

In Person – Savannah Ballroom, Student Union, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, 11935 Library Dr, Savannah, GA 31419

Directions | Armstrong Campus

Northbound: Travel north on interstate 95 (I-95N). Take exit 94, GA-204, toward Savannah/Pembroke. Turn right onto GA-204 E for 7.3 miles. The Armstrong Campus is on your right and has two entrances onto campus. The second entrance (Arts Drive) is the main entrance to the university. See campus map for specific building locations.

Southbound: Travel south on interstate 95 (I-95S). Take exit 94, GA-204, toward Savannah/Pembroke. Turn left onto GA-204 E for 7.5 miles. The Armstrong Campus is on your right and has two entrances onto campus. The second entrance (Arts Drive) is the main entrance to the university. See campus map for specific building locations.

Eastbound: Travel east on interstate I-16 (I-16E). Take exit 157A onto interstate 95 (I-95S) toward Brunswick/Jacksonville for 5.1 miles. Turn onto GA-204 E for 7.5 miles. The Armstrong Campus is on your right and has two entrances onto campus. The second entrance (Arts Drive) is the main entrance to the university. See campus map for specific building locations.


Traveling by Air?

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport connects with 29 daily non-stop flights to 10 major cities. Scheduled airlines include American Eagle, Delta, Delta Connection, United Express, US Airways and US Airways Express. For more information, visit the Savannah International Airport website at http://www.savannahairport.com

Lodging

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We have secured a block of rooms for $159/room at the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Airport. 80 Clyde E Martin Drive, Savannah, GA 31408

The booking link for our group ishttps://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/environmental-justice-climate-protection/

Alternately, you can call the hotel front desk directly at 912-964-5550 opt. 0 and book their reservations over the phone.

Please note that in addition to the room and tax, at check in the card on file will be authorized for an additional $50 for incidental hold. If the guest does not charge anything to the room from the market or the restaurant and bar, that money will be credited back to them after checkout.

Travel and Stay Stipends

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to provide travel stipends to those in need. This stipend is meant to enable individuals and organizations who have been historically marginalized to participate in the conference. We want to bridge any accessibility gaps that we can.

Please use the form below to apply for a stipend. Stipends will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis and will be available until funds run out.

 

Learn about the 2023 Conference

The event was hosted by Science for Georgia, Dogwood Alliance, Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW), and Emory’s Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism (CHARTER) on June 15th at Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, and also broadcasted to our many online communities.

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