A Forum on Environmental Justice in Southeast Michigan

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Thursday, Feb 13th at 4:00 pm

FREE to the public

 

Speakers: 

Michelle Martinez, Panel Moderator; Coordinator, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Detroit-based EJ activist, speaker, writer, and mother

Rhonda Anderson, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club, has been working in the Detroit area with the Sierra Club for more than 12 years, defending communities and fighting against industrial polluters in already overburdened areas. Her work has been recognized nationally, and she has received multiple Sierra Club awards including the Virginia Ferguson Award in 2013 and the Mike McClosky Award in 2015.

Donele Wilkins is the President/CEO of Green Door Initiatives.  Leader, visionary, result-oriented, Donele Wilkins has demonstrated servant leadership in her hometown Detroit for nearly 20 years. First by leading the local movement for environmental justice on the front-lines, and secondarily expanding to achieving true sustainability for all. Her leadership style has motivated many to take their place in a truly transforming movement. Her achievements include: participating in the development and adoption of an Environmental Justice Policy in the state of Michigan, and conceiving and launching the first Green Jobs Training Program in the city! She’s been an advocate for citizen involvement in Brownfield Redevelopment as well as other environmental policies, placing environmental stewardship on the agenda of many community leaders and decision makers.  Ms. Wilkins is noted for inspiring young people to take a lead in their communities.  

Andrea Pierce is a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and  one of the co-founders of the Anishinaabek Caucus. 

This event will precede the School for Environment and Sustainability’s celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the “Incidence of Environmental Hazards Conference,” which helped put environmental justice (EJ) on the national radar for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).