Ana Baptista, Ironbound Community Corporation’s environmental and planning director and Moving Forward Network leader is giving the keynote speech at this conference on Monday. Be there if you can!
Citizens Campaign will hold ’empowerment’ conference Monday at Rutgers in New Brunswick
NEW BRUNSWICK — The Citizens Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group, will hold a statewide conference at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on Monday to “showcase citizens empowerment programs throughout the state that aim to protect the air, water and land.”
Heather Taylor, a spokeswoman for the group, said the conference, entitled, ‘Environmental Justice, Advocacy, and The Media,’ will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alexander Library on College Avenue.
“This conference will highlight innovative programs that are empowering citizens to clean up their air, drinking water and contaminated plots of land without having to rely on the political establishment,” Taylor said. “We will provide the tools and knowledge that citizens need to plant the seeds for these green initiatives to grow in other cities throughout the state and nation.”
She said Ana Baptista, director of environmental and planning programs at the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, will be the keynote speaker.
There will also be a panel presentation, moderated by Randy Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey, which will cover a variety of environmental justice efforts.
The conference is free and designed to showcase urban environmental issues, Taylor said, adding, “it will focus on empowering citizens with the know-how that will enable them to connect with others, identify evidence-based solutions and communicate effectively about these important issues.”