Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Univ Of Maryland Environmental Justice Symposium

Environmental Justice and Environmental Health Disparities Symposium, December 1st, at the University of Maryland-College Park

The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and the Program on Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) are pleased to announce the "First Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health Disparities in Maryland and Washington, DC." The Symposium will be held on Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building at University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

This symposium will serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas among community members, researchers, public health practitioners, policymakers, students, and advocates on environmental justice and health issues. The goal of this symposium to establish and sustain a community engaged research enterprise on critical environmental health disparities and environmental justice issues, to raise the visibility of racial and ethnic environmental health disparities and feasible solutions with Marylanders, DC residents, and regional stakeholders, and facilitate action for change. Workshop topics include:

  • Environmental justice and water issues in the Chesapeake Bay;
  • Air pollution, traffic, asthma;
  • Food injustice and health disparities in the region;
  • Regional need for community capacity-building and creation of a community-based EJ network, among other diverse topics.
This meeting is sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Group, Maryland Environmental Health Network (MEHN), Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), Maryland Population Research Center, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), State of Maryland, Office of Minority Health, Anacostia Watershed Society, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the Hoff Funding Board.

Please share the save the date announcement with your colleagues, networks, and community stakeholders who would like to attend or may be interested in speaking at the event. To register.  There are scholarships available to community advocates and residents.


Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Director, Program on Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH)
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
School of Public Health
University of Maryland-College Park
Phone Number: 301-405-3136
or Laura Delamarre, CEEJH program associate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2012 Compton-To-Catalina Program A Complete Success

The 2012 Compton-To-Catalina (CTC) Program was a complete success.  AAEA provided a valuable environmental service to the youth of Compton, California.  The CTC Program provided a rich environmental experience for participants and the Center engaged two churches and one community organization to participate in the program.

AAEA established a partnership with the Greater Union Baptist Church (GUBC) to operate an environmental tour called the "Compton To Catalina Program," which takes students and other young people from Compton, California to Catalina Island. The Center and the California Center for Economic Initiatives (CCFEI) are also partnering under the Compton To Catalina Program to expose Compton youth to boat repair and to provide technical training services.

Participants board the Catalina Express in Long Beach, California to make the one hour trip to the island. Once on Santa Catalina Island, the participants toured Southern California Edison's electricity generating station at Pebbly Beach, the island's primary electricity generation source. Later they boarded a semi-submersible to observe underwater life around the island.

Participants included:

April 21, 2012: First trip participants included: 1) Sam Darling, Glendale College, 2) Moriah Earley, LaSerna High School, 11th Grade, 3) Lori Wright, King-Drew High School, 11th Grade, 4) Alexandra Kidd, La Serna High School, 11th Grade, 5) Spencer Potter, Lakewood High School.      Chaperones included Sammy Darling and Norris McDonald.

October 6, 2012: Second trip participants included: 1) Carlee Shepherd, Bancroft Middle School, 2) Keiarah Mitchell, Gardena Valley Christian School, 3) Candyce Clifton, Gardena Valley Christian School, 4) Benjamin White, Mira Costa High School, 5) Darren Daniels-Stokes, King/Drew Magnet High School.  Chaperones included: Richard Hastings, Christ Center Church & Debra Hastings, Christ Center Church and Norris McDonald.

October 13, 2012: Third trip participants included: 1) Tia Bondley, 15, Centennial High School, 2) Kelsee Williams, 14, Bellflower High School, 3) Raejonette Morgan, 12, LaTiera, 4) Khalilah Muhammad, 13, New Designs Charter School-Watts, 5) Nekko Williams, 17, Home Schooled K-12.  Chaperones included Bernard Peyton and Norris McDonald.

The Compton To Catalina Program is being operated thanks to a grant from Southern California Edison.

The purpose of the program is to expose young people from Compton to the Pacific Ocean and an incredibly beautiful island. People take it for granted that the vast majority of these kids never get on the water and many people live their entire lives without directly experiencing the Pacific Ocean even though they live within five or ten miles of it. We believe that such early exposure to this environment could lead to a lifelong environmental stewardship ethic.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

RFF: "Inequality and Environmental Policy"

Tune in to the first lecture in RFF's Resources 2020 series: Joseph E. Stiglitz
2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

"Inequality and Environmental Policy"

Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz

Friday, October 5, 2012

The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. EST. Join and watch at
Celebrate RFF's 60th anniversary with Resources 2020, a yearlong exploration of how economic inquiry can address future environmental challenges. Special events are planned throughout the year, including a distinguished lecture series featuring Nobel Laureates in Economics. Learn more at
Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2001, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, and chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank during 1997-2000. Stiglitz received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded biennially to the American economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the subject. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, held the Drummond Professorship at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and has also taught at MIT, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, "the economics of information," exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but also of policy analysts. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well and how selective government intervention can improve their performance. At Columbia, Stiglitz co-chairs the Committee on Global Thought and is founder and co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is also president of the International Economic Association, co-chair of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, and chair of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. He is the author most recently of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the Global Economy (2010).
For more information about Resources 2020, visit