Last Friday, UW Sustainability hosted an environmental justice conference in the Maple Great Room. By the EPA’s definition, environmental justice refers to the equal treatment of all people “regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws.”
The conference’s keynote speakers addressed the importance of outreach and community-based solutions regarding sustainability. The speakers were from a variety of different backgrounds who carried through the foundational ideas of diversity and inclusion that the event was trying to promote. The sentiments in the speeches carried a passionate message: Without collaboration and dedication, it will be impossible to make a difference on the environmental front.
One of the barriers to achieving environmental justice