february, 2021

05feb1:00 PM4:00 PMOur Environmental Future


(Friday) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Event Details

Raising awareness among Pennsylvanians and creatingconnections to shape a greener and more prosperous world. Experts focus on the community of color.  

Opening Remarks by Event Co-Host: Nicole McGruder, Executive Director , Community Hero

Introduction: State Representative (D-181) Malcolm Kenyatta:Why environmental justice is justice.    

Event Hosts:
Community Hero Action Group
Adrienne Redd
Representative Napoleon Nelson
Conservation Voters PA
Audubon Delaware Water Shed
Audubon Wyncote
Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP

STEM and Environmental Education
Select Session 1 or Session 2
1:15 pm
Session 1: How can we raise awareness of local environmental issues? Session 2: How can STEM and environmental education be improved in PA?
Zulene Mayfield, founder of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living and veteran of Chester City’s waste management wars

Tykee James, Government Affairs Coordinator for National Audubon Society:

Bria Wimberly, environmental educator at the Discovery Center

Discussion moderated by Charles Ellison of WURD

Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education, Franklin Institute

Former State Representative Steve McCarter and founder of Pennsylvania’s Climate Caucus

Tsemone Ogbemi, English major at University of Pennsylvania, working in Environmental Humanities as a public research intern.

Discussion moderated by David Rose, Sally Blagg

Climate Preparedness and Energy Transition
Select Session 3 or Session 4
2:15 pm
Session 3: How will Southeastern Pennsylvania be affected by climate disruption? What can communities and households do to prepare?

Maurice Sampson II, Eastern PA Director Clean Water Action

Derek Green, Philadelphia Councilmember At-Large:

Meenal Raval, Ready for 100 advocate and solar energy expert

Discussion moderated by Karen Shaffran, Project-based Environmental Science teacher and Environmental Club Sponsor, Cheltenham High School

Session 4: What state policy and funding are necessary for climate response and energy transition?

Katie Blume, Political Director PA Conservation Voters

State Senator Art Haywood (D-4)

State Rep. Dianne Herrin (D-156)

Discussion moderated by Emily Best, Energy policy analyst

Food Self-Reliance & Backyard Farming
Select Session 5 or Session 6
3:15 pm
Session 5: Where does our food come from? Why does it matter?

April Velez, Community Health Specialist for Einstein Care Partners

Christa Barfield, founder of Farmer Jawn:

Elijah Milligan, Chef and founder of Cooking for the Culture

Discussion moderated by Barbara McNeil, social justice committee Keneseth Israel

Session 6: What obstacles can State policy remove for small farming and backyard agriculture?

David Rose, Sally Blagg

Daniel Farina Montgomery County Planning Commission

Ash Richards, Urban Agriculture Director for Phila. Parks Dept.

Discussion moderated by Katie Blume, Political Director PA Conservation Voters

4:15 pm Charles Ellison: closing discussion and call to action with presenters
— with special guest,
Senator Tony Williams (D-8)


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