Our Green New Deal: A Community-University Working Session for Environmental Justice in the Passaic River Watershed

Our Green New Deal Flyer


        Watch Session | Land Acknowledgement | Program 

Our New Green Deal: A Community-University Working Session for Environmental Justice in the Passaic River Watershed is the first session in a series of virtual work sessions on forging an environmentally equitable Green New Deal and a just transition in the climate change era.



Naomi Klein | Author, Activist, and Inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Neil Maher | Environmental Historian, Federated History Department at NJIT and RU-N

Chief Vincent Mann | Water Protector and Community Organizer, Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation Turtle Clan 

Maria Lopez-Nunez | Advocate and Organizer, Director of Environmental Justice and Community Development- Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark NJ  

Jack Tchen | Public Historian and Director, Clement A. Price Institute, Rutgers University-Newark


Featured Speakers

Francisco Artigas | Director, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute

Alexandra Chang | Curator and Art Historian; Interim Associate Director, Clement A. Price Institute, Rutgers University-Newark

Anthony Diaz | Co-Founder, Newark Water Coalition

Michael Edelstein | Professor in the Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Director, Institute for Environmental Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey 

Donna Fennell | Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rutgers School of Engineering, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Marleny Franco | Horticulturist and Author of Garden the Organic Way; Owner of Gardening the Organic Way LLC

Lucia Rodriguez Freire | Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering at the John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT 

Kim GaddyDirector, South Ward Environmental Alliance

Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds | Executive Director, Stepping Stones Resources; Co-Chair of the Newark Environmental Commission 

Laurie Howard | Executive Director, Passaic River Coalition

Yvette Jordan | High school History Teacher in Newark Public Schools, Environmental & Social Justice Activist, Founding member of Newark Education Workers Caucus

Kevin Lyons | Supply-chain Environmental Archaeologist, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University- Newark

Jay Meegoda | Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT

Louis E. Prezeau, Jr. | Division Director-Community and Economic Development, La Casa de Don Pedro 

Amy Rowe | Agriculture & Natural Resources County Agent II, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension

Elliot Ruga | Policy & Communications Director, NJ Highlands Coalition

Gareth Russell | Associate Professor, NJIT, Chair of NJIT Biology Department

Nicky Sheats, Esq., Ph.D. Director, Center for the Urban Environment John S. Watson Institute For Urban Policy at Kean University; Member of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance 

Chuck Stead | Author and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

James C. WilliamsDirector of Racial Justice Policy, Fair Share Housing Center

Judith T. Zelikoff | Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine


Performers & Artists

Katrina Bello | Visual Artist

Layqa Nuna Yawar | Interdisciplinary Artist and Muralist

Cesar Melgar | Photographer

Anne Percoco | Visual Artist and Sculptor

Michaeline Picaro | Artist, Nurse, and Healer, Clan Mother of the Ramapough Lenape Nation Turtle Clan 

Floyd Little Sun | Drummer and Representative for the Wawayanda Territory for Ramapough tribal members; Lead Vocalist of the Spirit of the Mountain Singers



The following graduate students will act as scribes during these work sessions, transforming their notes into a "next step" directive that will be shared after the event.

Tugba Altin |Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Global Urban Studies, Rutgers-Newark

Jordan Baldrige | M.A. Student, Department of History, ​Rutgers University-Newark

Colleen Gutwein O'Neal |  M.A. Student, American Stu​dies, ​Rutgers University-Newark; Photographer & Curator; Adjunct Professor of Photography and Contemporary Art, RU-N

Omanjana Goswami | Ph.D. candidate, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark


Our Co-Conveners

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Ramapough Culture and Land Foundation




For questions and more information, please contact us at  priceinstitute@newark.rutgers.edu

Follow us on  Facebook,  Instagram  , and  Twitter