Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: New Jersey Environmental Justice and Climate Summit
Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: New Jersey Environmental Justice and Climate Summit

Trenton, N.J. — As Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) prepares to set new environmental priorities for New Jersey, state and local leaders have an opportunity to work with the environmental justice community to develop solutions that target pollution and climate change as they affect low-income communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color in the state.

Please join the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA) and the Center for American Progress (CAP), along with state officials, members of Congress, and environmental justice advocates, for a summit on policy options for these areas, known as environmental justice communities. These neighborhoods too frequently have disproportionately high pollution levels due to historic inequities and racial injustice. Environmental justice neighborhoods are more vulnerable to the detrimental impact of climate change, including more frequent and extreme weather events already observed in the United States.

Held on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the summit will create an opportunity to reflect on King’s legacy and advance progress toward environmental justice. Participants will discuss solutions to reduce carbon pollution and associated co-pollutants; prepare for climate change effects; and address cumulative pollution impacts in environmental justice communities.

Press are welcome to RSVP by following this link.


Speakers and panelists:
Ana Baptista, NJEJA
Laureen Boles, NJEJA
Valorie Caffee, NJEJA
Alison Cassady, CAP
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
Kathleen Frangione, Chief Policy Adviser to Gov. Murphy (D-NJ)
Lisa Garcia, Earthjustice
Cathleen Kelly, CAP
Chief Vincent Mann, Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape Nation
Debbie Mans, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
Kevin Moore, NJEJA
Michele Roberts, Environmental Justice Health Alliance
Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, Good Neighbor Baptist Church
Nicole Scott-Harris, NJEJA
Nicky Sheats, NJEJA


April 4, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST


Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus
102 N Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at [email protected] or 202-478-6327.