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"Mapping Environmental Justice:
Existing routes, known obstacles, and unexplored territory"

Suzi Ruhl
Senior Attorney Advisor
US EPA office of Environmental Justice

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Environmental justice has helped shape practice and policy from local community action to national initiatives. The recognition that certain populations are bearing the burden of pollution, poverty, disease, and crime has catalyzed civic engagement, scientific understanding, and legal action. Yet, the need for transformative efforts remains urgent given the challenges facing vulnerable populations and society as a whole. Suzi Ruhl, Senior Attorney Advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, will provide a map for environmental justice, sharing tools and techniques to leverage existing policy and social infrastructure, and discussing new areas that require exploration by the new generation of environmental justice advocates. Federal policies and programs will be highlighted along with California examples of challenges and successes.

As Senior Attorney Advisor for the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice, Suzie Ruhl works to integrate environmental justice into agency decision-making, supports community-based action, and fosters administration-wide action that promotes healthy, equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities for overburdened populations. She is co-chair of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and is co-chair of Team-EJ of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Since her arrival to EPA in 2009, Ms. Ruhl has won three National Honor Awards: 2010 Gold Medal for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities; 2011 Gold Medal for Mountain Top Mining Guidance Team; and, 2011 Silver Medal for Keystone Pipeline NEPA Review. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Ruhl has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology).


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