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Dec 9 / BARD CEP

Climate Justcie Summit- Dec 10th

Organization: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

Title: Climate Justice Summit: Finding Opportunity In the Climate Crisis

Location: Catharine Street Community Center
69 Catharine Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601
ENTRANCE is on 152 Mansion Street

Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Poughkeepsie train station.
Childcare and Spanish-language translation will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM


Purpose:  To provide Hudson Valley communities with inspiring examples of green jobs and climate change-friendly initiatives, which effectively address the dual challenges of assuring climate justice in difficult economic times by showcasing eight projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change and by sharing local green jobs success stories.


8:45 – 9:00 AM Registration and Networking

9:15 – 9:45 AM
Welcome: Jeff Rumpf, Executive Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Environmental Justice as a Human Rights Movement: Introduction to Environmental Justice: Aaron Mair, W. Haywood Burns Environmental Education Center
Climate Justice Impacts on Local Communities: Arturo Garcia-Costa, Outreach, Education, and Strategic Partnerships, NYSDEC Office of Environmental Justice

9:45- 10:00 AM Community Vulnerability to Climate Change: Kristin Marcell, Hudson River Estuary Program Special Project Coordinator, NYS DEC

10:00 – 11:10 AM Climate Justice Council Presentations: Panelists from the Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and Peekskill Climate Justice Councils will showcase projects that can reduce the impacts of climate change and prepare for or adapt to those which cannot be mitigated. This information is relevant to all Hudson River Cities, including Catskill, Hudson, Newburgh, Haverstraw, Ossining, Yonkers and beyond.

11:10 – 11:20 AM BREAK with healthy snacks

11:20 – 12:30 PM Green Jobs as a Regional Economic Development Tool: Local Green Jobs Success Panel, Moderator, Melissa Everett of Sustainable Hudson Valley
· Shabazz Jackson, Greenway Environmental Systems
· Mario Johnson, Nubian Directions
· Marla Teyolia, Marla’s Kale Kitchen and Groundworks, Beacon’s women-run farm
· Helanna Bratman, Beacon Green Teens
· Rev. Vinnie Holmes, Energy Management Solutions
12:30 – 1:15 PM Showcase of Possibilities: Networking/Tabling with healthy snacks, then adjourn

Registration Information:

This event is free of charge thanks to generous funding from an EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant, however pre-registration is strongly encouraged at or call or email Karla Raimundi at 845-265-8080 ext. 7159 or with your contact information.

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