New Jersey Leading the Way on Climate Change Solutions Annual Conference Virtual Series: Part III

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The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance continues its Annual Conference Virtual Series in lieu of an In-person Annual Conference

This series is open to the public and there is no fee to attend.

Registration is required for each event.

What’s on the Horizon for Implementing New Jersey’s Climate Agenda?

January 22, 2021
10:00 AM-11:00 AM


                                                                Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy

Honorable Phil Murphy   
Governor of New Jersey 

      Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectation

Shawn M. LaTourrette
Acting Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection  

Join New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and NJDEP Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette with the latest updates on how New Jersey plans to implement ambitious climate mitigation and climate resilience strategies. Watch a recording of this event here.

The Business of Climate Action: A Conversation with Lisa Jackson

January 28th, 2021
12:00 PM


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Lisa P. Jackson
Vice President, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple, Inc.

Join us for a dialogue with Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives regarding the role of business as a fulcrum for addressing climate change.  As a former EPA Administrator and NJDEP Commissioner, Ms. Jackson will also reflect on government leadership and the opportunities for intersection with business as well as communities. Ms. Jackson will be joined by Mark Mauriello, Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning, Edgewood Properties and a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Watch a recording of this event here

About Lisa Jackson: Lisa P. Jackson is Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, and served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2013.

At Apple, Lisa leads the company’s environmental initiatives, global community education programs, product accessibility efforts, corporate giving, and worldwide government affairs. She is also the head of Apple’s newly announced Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.

Since Lisa’s arrival in 2013, Apple has transformed its environmental footprint. Under her leadership, the company reached its goal of powering its operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy and is now implementing its industry-leading supplier clean energy program — responsible for adding over 5 gigawatts of new clean energy around the world — to drive the transition to renewable energy with Apple’s manufacturing partners. In addition, Lisa spearheads Apple’s circular economy programs, grounded in the company’s ambition to one day make its products using only recycled or renewable materials.

President Barack Obama appointed Lisa as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 — the first African-American to hold the position. As Administrator, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and achieving environmental justice by expanding environmental outreach to underserved communities and communities of color.

Lisa also served as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, following nearly 20 years in the career ranks of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa has been recognized as a leader in business and sustainability in a number of leading publications including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Vogue’s Game Changers, InStyle’s Badass Women, Newsweek’s Most Important People, TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2010 & 2011) and Ebony’s Power 100 lists. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Princeton’s James Madison Medal, Tulane University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Achievement Award, the Corporate EcoForum’s C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Business Leadership and The Captain Planet Foundation’s Protector of the Earth Award.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She holds honorary degrees from Montclair State University, Florida A&M University, Tulane University, Dickinson College, Spelman College and Oberlin College, and an honorary law degree from Pace Law School. She serves on the boards of Tulane University, SF Film, Conservation International and Emily’s List, and is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Advancing Health Equity in the Era of the Climate Crisis

February 4, 2021
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM


Surili Patel the Director at the Center for Climate and Health Equity at the American Public Health Association

Surili Patel, Director, Center for Climate And Health Equity
American Public Health Association

Join Surili Patel and additional speakers who will provide an overview of climate change impacts on health in New Jersey, health equity in the era of the climate crisis, and the NJ Climate Change Alliance’s efforts to advance climate change and health equity.

About Surili Patel: Ms. Patel drives strategic development to bridge the gap between public health programs and sound policies. As Director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity, Surili works to inspire action and advance policies that address health at the nexus of climate and equity. As Deputy Director for the Center for Public Health Policy, Surili advises the organization’s most notable environmental health programs, including water safety and security, children’s environmental health, tribal public and environmental health, environmental health messaging, transportation and health, and healthy community design. She applies her role in both Centers to champion diversity and advance health equity and environmental justice while promoting public health solutions

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This event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Public Health Association

Watch a recording of this event here


Continuing Education Credits are available for the February 4th event

Participants who complete this webinar are eligible for 1.0 New Jersey Public Health Continuing
Education Contact Hours (CE). Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) will receive 1.0
credit. Rutgers School of Public Health has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a
provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs) and by NCHEC as a provider of
CHES credits.

If you are requesting NJ public health credits or health education credits, you must provide:

NJ Health Officer or REHS license

Advancing Climate Justice: A Case Study from Providence, Rhode Island

March 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Leah Bamberger

Leah Bamberger
Director of Sustainability, City of Providence, Rhode Island

Jazandra Barros

Jazandra Barros
Community Outreach Coordinator, Southside Community Land Trust

Jesus Holguin

Jesus Holguin
Community Organizer, Project Team Member of the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, Center Coordinator of Youth Pride Inc

Monica Huertas

Monica Huertas
Founding member of the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, Director of Green Justice Zone

About the Speakers

Leah Bamberger, Director of Sustainability

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza appointed Leah Bamberger as the Director of Sustainability in April 2015. Leah brings a wealth of experience in municipal sustainability efforts. She previously managed the City of Boston’s citywide sustainability initiative, Greenovate Boston. In this role, she worked on policy and community engagement and led the development of the City’s 2014 Climate Action Plan. Prior to this position, Leah served as a consultant to a variety of local and regional governments and nonprofits in the northeast, supporting their climate and sustainability planning work. The Sustainability Director’s responsibilities include identifying opportunities to reduce the City’s energy costs, working with community groups, residents, and businesses to implement the City’s first comprehensive sustainability action plan, transitioning residents to the Recycle Together program, and other projects. Under Mayor Elorza’s leadership, Leah has prioritized centering racial equity in this work, demonstrated by the launch of Equity in Sustainability Initiative in 2016 and the release of the Climate Justice Plan in 2019.Leah has a B.A. from the College of Charleston in Political Science and Environmental Studies and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She resides in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Providence.

Jazandra Barros, Community Outreach Coordinator, Southside Community Land Trust

I am a food and land justice advocate, currently serving as the community outreach coordinator for Southside Community Land Trust and as a member of the Race and Environmental Justice Committee of Providence. I'm a gardener and plant based chef with a specific interest in the role that eating plant foods and stewarding land plays into community healing and wellbeing.

Monica Huertas is a founding member of the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee and Director of Green Justice Zone.

Jesus Holguin, Community Organizer, Project Team Member REJC, Center Coordinator Youth Pride Inc.

Originally born in Manhattan, NY Jesus now resides in Providence, RI. Jesus identifies as a Queer Afro-Latino Youth and an activist. His main areas of activism include LGBT Rights, Gender Justice, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, and Immigration Rights. Since 2009, Jesus has been actively involved with Youth Pride Inc, first as a youth and later as an employee. Shortly after his mother was deported in 2010 Jesus was introduced to organizing and community impact. This passion for justice opened many doors and provided Jesus with several opportunities to work with their community. They educate and mobilize youth to fight toxic infrastructure in their communities. also a co-founding member of the Racial Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration on developing bridges between community and city municipalities. They serve on the Environmental Sustainability task force. Their goal is to create holistic safe spaces for young folks in PVD, in 2018 Jesus was chosen to be the face of RI by USA Today. And this year chosen to be a Champion of Pride for the Advocate Magazine for their community work.

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The NJCCA is grateful for the support of its Annual Conference Virtual Series Sponsors:


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