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The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
the Department of Black Studies
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"Environmental Justice in an Era of Social Media"

Roger Kintz, Environmental Justice Coordinator
Branch Chief, Enforcement & Emergency Response Division, Region 4
Department of Toxic Substances Control
California EPA

Luis Olmedo, Executive Director
Comité Civico del Valle
Imperial Valley, California

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Roger Kintz and Luis Olmedo form a dynamic combination in dealing with environmental justice concerns in a social media world. They will share their respective perspectives as a scientist working in government and as a practitioner working to document pollution." — Faculty host Sarah Anderson

Roger Kintz

Luis Olmedo

Making sure that disadvantaged communities do not receive a disproportionate share of pollution requires knowing where pollution is occurring. In an age of social media, community reporting can help to provide the information needed to resolve environmental health problems. This talk will explore the use of social media to pair citizens with scientists and government in order to use transparent data to resolve environmental justice concerns.


Roger Kintz is the Statewide Environmental Justice (EJ) Coordinator and Enforcement and Emergency Response Branch Chief for the Cypress and San Diego Regions of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. For the last 12 years, Roger has worked with EJ communities and tribes throughout California on addressing regional environmental impacts, illegal dumping, and air and water impacts. He is helping to expand the use of web-based community reporting tools to help burdened communities become their own best advocates.

In addition to working in the environmental enforcement field for 18 years, with cases against some of the largest corporations including BP Arco, Walmart, and Home Depot, Roger worked as a staff scientist in private consulting, and in nonprofit organizations such as Heal the Bay. Roger holds an MS in Environmental Management and a BS in Environmental and Occupational Health from Cal State University, Northridge.

Luis Olmedo leads Comité Civico del Valle, an organization located in Imperial Valley that focuses on addressing environmentally related health problems in the farm worker community. Luis has established a reputation as a leading community activist and advises local, regional, and state programs on environmental health issues affecting Imperial County and Eastern Coachella Valley.

Since joining Comité Civico, Luis has collaborated with academic and research institutions to expand environmental research in Imperial County. He has been instrumental in the launch of studies relating to border asthma and allergies, percholorate biomonitoring, agricultural burning, water quality, pesticide related illness and more. Passionate about environmental justice, Luis is a member of various state and national networks that focus on environmental policy and regulations.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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