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Environmental Justice Caucus

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Omni Hotel                                                             International Ballrooms A - D

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Join history makers and community leaders to share success stories and discuss important environmental justice issues at the Environmental Justice Caucus.  Take this opportunity to network with your peers and discuss community highlights and visions for your community as well as environmental justice and brownfields issues. Registration is required but free!

The format of the Caucus will be a combination of both panel and roundtable discussions.  Panelists will each speak briefly about EJ issues and how they are being addressed within their organization. In the audience there will be distinct topic tables and at the conclusion of their presentations each panelist will join an appropriate table to talk with audience about their own community issues. 

Working Table Topics:

  • Brownfields & Sustainability
  • Environmental Justice & Public Health
  • Economic Development, Revitalization, & Jobs
  • Environmental Justice Policy

Caucus Agenda:

 Omni HOTEL at CNN 

190 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30303 

 International Ballrooms A – D 




Special Recognition for Dr. Mildred McClain 

Executive Director, Harambee House 

Executive Director, Citizens for Environmental Justice 

Founder, Black Youth Leadership Development Institute 


7:00 pm                Welcome                               

Charles Lee, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice – Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA, Washington, DC 


7:05 pm                Overview of Accomplishments                   

                                Na’ Taki Osborne Jelks, Board Chair - West Atlanta Watershed Alliance,

                                Atlanta, GA 

                                Tim Fields, Senior Vice President - Michael D. Baker, Inc., Washington, DC 


7:10 pm                Premiere of OEJ 20th Anniversary Video  

                                Mustafa Ali, Associate Director - Office of Environmental Justice, EPA,

                                Washington, DC


7: 15 pm               Remarks                                             

                                Dr. Mildred McClain, Executive Director - Harambee House, Savannah, GA


7:25 pm                Adjourn

Cynthia Peurifoy, Environmental Justice Coordinator - Environmental Protection Agency , Region 4, Atlanta, GA



Environmental Justice Caucus Agenda


7: 30 pm               EJ Caucus Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                Denise Tennessee, Acting Director - Office of Environmental Justice,

EPA Region 4, Atlanta, GA          


7:35 pm                Environmental Justice  & Brownfields: A Community Perspective            

Na’ Taki Osborne Jelks


7:45 pm                Real Talk:  A Panel Discussion with Agency Leaders        

                                Moderator: Mustafa Ali

James E. Shelby, Commissioner – City of Atlanta, Department of Planning & Community Development

Jim Ussery, Assistant Director – Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta, GA

Clara Cobb, Regional Health Administrator - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator - EPA Region 4, Atlanta, GA

Mathy Stanislaus, Director, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response - EPA, Washington, DC

8:30 pm                Q & A

8:45 pm                “What’s on Your Mind” Round Table Discussions                           

Moderator: Na'Taki Osborne Jelks


Table Topics 

                                Brownfields & Sustainability,

                                Environmental Justice & Public Health

                                Economic Development, Revitalization & Jobs

                                Environmental Justice Policy


9:45 pm                Closing Remarks

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator - EPA Region 4, Atlanta, GA

Notes from Past EJ Caucuses

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