Resiliency and Environmental Justice


Monday, May 8, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

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You'll learn about:

  • Effective strategies to help  mitigate the impacts of extreme weather for vulnerable populations

  • Federal strategies to address resiliency from DOT, EPA, NOAA, and HUD

  • How to identify and effectively utilize sustainability resources to assist  vulnerable populations with disaster preparedness , disaster response, and disaster response

  • Local Strategies and approaches to create and maintain  resiliency  in overburdened communities of color.

Rising sea levels threaten coastal American cities from New York to California. Estimated rises in sea level could reach as much as 6 feet between now and the year 2100. Even before then, tropical storms and nor’easters could inundate urban areas with major storm surges. Hurricane Sandy’s 2012 knockout punch to the New Jersey and New York coastlines was just a preview of what is likely to occur more often as the planet continues to warm up. The flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was another example. Communities of color are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts because many of them occupy low-lying, flood-prone land.

Close to half a million people in metro areas of New York City were flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Future storm surges could impact many more city residents, many of whom are citizens of color. Unfortunately, the public discourse on community sustainability and resilience tends to ignore the special vulnerabilities of communities of color.

This facilitated discussion will focus on linking sustainability and resilience with social equity and how to help reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events. Planners and others will help spur coureageous conversations on equitable sustainability concerns facing communities of color in flood-prone areas.

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Fleming El-Amin, AICP

Invited Speaker

Fleming El-Amin works as a Senior Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). His areas of expertise include environmental justice and context sensitive solutions and design. In this role, Fleming provides support to MPOs and State DOTs on environmental justice, meaningful community engagement, context based project delivery, and collaborative ... Read More

Justin Scheid

Confirmed Speaker


Michael Molina

Confirmed Speaker

Cecil Corbin-Mark

Confirmed Speaker

Ryan Chavez

Confirmed Speaker

Jacqui Patterson

Confirmed Speaker

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies. Patterson’s publications/articles include: ”Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma”, “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue”, “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact”, “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color”; “And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet”; and book chapter, “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the ... Read More