New England Environmental Justice Summit
When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Where: Clark University, Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Details: 2013 Summit Program
2013 Summit Report
The July 20, 2013, New England Environmental Justice Summit was a success! There were over 100 people in attendance from 4 different states. Thank you everyone who attended, we hope to see you all again soon at future events. To learn about upcoming events click here.
The EJ Summit started with a fun ice breaker followed by a panel of individuals working to achieve environmental justice.
The panelists responded to questions including: What is environmental justice? What is the future of the EJ movement?
Following the panel, participants separated into three different breakout sessions: Building a multigenerational campaign: examples of food justice & more; Creating resilient communities in the face of a changing climate; and Sharing lessons learned from community organizing.
After lunch there were small table discussions on the future of EJ Forum.
Participants responded to these questions: How do we stay connected? What do we want to accomplish together as the EJ Forum? Should we/how do we organize New England Environmental Justice Researchers Network? What strategies do we use to get EJ legislation at the state level?
The Forum was a great chance to meet and connect with others who share an interest and devotion to Environmental Justice. Thank you for being a part of this important event!
2013 Summit Info
The EJ Summit will occur at Clark University’s Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA 01610. The event was previously publicized to be located in Tilton Hall/University Center, but the location has changed. Please note that the new location at the Traina Center is a different location than the 2012 Environmental Justice Summit. When you arrive, please follow signs to the registration table where you will pick up materials for the day’s events. Download a campus map here.
The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. From 10:00 – 10:15, you will have the opportunity to register, eat breakfast, meet new people and old friends, and pick up materials from environmental justice groups around New England. The official program will begin at 10:20 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. We will provide a light breakfast and a boxed lunch. We are confident that you will have an interactive and fun day.
Transportation & Parking
We encourage people to bike, take public transportation, and carpool to the extent that you are able. Participants who are driving should park in the Kneller Gymnasium Garage located on Downing Street at the corner of Florence Street (located adjacent to Building 34 on the campus map: here). You do not need a permit to park at the Garage. While there is some street parking beside the Traina Center, please do not park there unless you or your passenger is differently abled and requires a shorter walk between the car and the Summit. The parking lot is located less than 5 minutes from the Traina Center. If you reserved a seat on the bus traveling from Boston to the EJ Summit, you shouldl receive e-mail confirmation of your bus reservation.
Individuals requesting travel stipends have already been notified. If you have not received notification about a travel stipend, then you were not awarded one.
Individuals requesting an information table have already been notified.
What to bring
Please bring your own mug or water bottle to conserve on the amount of disposable cups that we will use during the Summit. Please wear whatever clothing and shoes make you comfortable.
For more information
The New England EJ Forum and Summit information can also be found at the following locations: