By UW Sustainability | May 11, 2018

The College of the Environment is hosting a conversation on how UW groups can improve our connections with diverse communities on May 18, 1-4 p.m. in HUB 145.

Racially diverse and economically disadvantaged communities are often living near environmentally hazardous locations, leading to poor health and a diminished quality of life. As the realities of the 21st century continue to emerge, people throughout America are mobilizing in the names of environmental justice, healing and community empowerment. This summit is an introductory conversation about how UW stakeholders can improve our connections with diverse communities. What’s working? What’s not? How can we be valued and respected champions in the environmental justice aspect of the UW Earth Day 2020 celebration—the 50th anniversary?

This summit will feature some brief comments from:

  • Joe Casola, Climate Impacts Group
  • Ben Packard, EarthLab
  • Claudia Frere-Anderson, UW Sustainability
  • Sky Stahl, UW Sustainability Action Network/Earth Day planning group
  • Melissa Watkinson, Washington Sea Grant

You will also learn about some environmental justice seed grant opportunities.

The rest of the summit will be devoted to small group discussions about different aspects of environmental justice. We hope to see you there. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 17 at

For more information, contact: Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UW College of the Environment