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

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How can local communities, universities, and government officials in northern New Jersey work together to ensure that President Biden’s Green New Deal and climate change initiatives will benefit our region? And what can we do to ensure that such benefits are just and equitable, especially for disadvantaged frontline communities?

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

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