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Prioritizing Frontline Communities in Infrastructure Investments

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern 

The first in a webinar series held by a partnership of the Center for Environmental Policy, the American Lung Association and the AU Center for Environmental Filmmaking focused on opportunities for advancing equity in federal infrastructure efforts. Prioritizing Frontline Communities in Infrastructure Investments will highlight ways to make sure that frontline communities most impacted by major pollution sources, such as transportation, ports, oil & gas development, and power plants, benefit equitably from federal infrastructure efforts currently being pursued by the Biden Administration and Congress. Speakers include: 

  • Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Department of Transportation

  • Shelley Francis, Co-Founder and Director, EVHybridNoire

  • Mychal Johnson, Co-Founder, South Bronx Unite

  • Carol Kriebs, Chairwoman, National Tribal Air Association

  • Mike Natchees, Director of Air Quality, Ute Tribe Air Quality Department

  • Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

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Environmental Protection for the 21st Century Putting Equity at the Top of the Agenda

The Center has launched a new project to outline an agenda for 21st century environmental protection. The world faces new kinds of problems, has access to emerging technologies, and needs creative problem-solvers to protect the environment. This project is designed to help us anticipate and prepare for these challenges. The focus of this effort will be on the opportunities for achieving fairness and equity in how we define, assess, and manage environmental challenges in the coming decades.  

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Technology Opportunities Symposium

Hosted by the Center for Environmental Policy at American University's School of Public Affairs, watch this interactive symposium that addressed methods by which technologies can be used to advance fairer, more equitable, and effective environmental protection. The symposium presented a variety of specific technical issues and the ways in which each can play a role in addressing inequities, such as:

  • Advanced Air Monitoring
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Data Analytics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Workforce of the Future Symposium

Thursday, June 3 | 3:00 PM Eastern

In this second of two symposia under the Center's intiative, 21st Centruy Evironmental Protection: Putting Equity at the Top of the Agenda, practitioners address the workforce needed to achieve fairer and more equitable environmental protection, and meet future environmental challenges. The model characteristics and capabilities of the future environmental workforce were discussed along with the opportunities for, and challenges of, developing the environmental workforce of the future. 

This initiative is supported by the New York Community Trust and Intel.
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Pathways to a Decarbonized Economy and a More Livable Planet

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As the U.S. rejoins other leading nations in the race to mitigate climate change, the debate is no longer about whether it can be, but about whether we can limit its harms. What will it take to get to Net Zero Emissions by 2050? Fears about a perceived trade-off between climate mitigation and economic development continue, but this webinar series seeks to move beyond that conceptualization and understand how climate change can be dramatically slowed, and the economy “decarbonized,” without economic loss. Join the Center for Environmental Policy this spring as we explore these issues with some of the world’s leading experts.

Looking Ahead: A Roadmap for Healthy Air & Equitable Climate Action for the Biden Administration

Thursday February 4, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
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This event was featured a conversation about opportunities for the Biden-Harris Administration to advance climate action and the promise of the Clean Air Act - healthy air for all communities. On this virtual panel we heard the perspectives of an environmental justice leader, a state air regulator, a legal expert and a utility industry official. In order to ensure healthy air, immediate action on climate change is critical. In this discussion, subject matter experts explored ways the Administration can help to deliver equitable and health-focused climate solutions by supporting full implementation of the Clean Air Act, improving air quality monitoring technologies and reporting, fostering the growth of clean, non-combustible energy and low-emission and zero-emission vehicles, and other promising approaches.

This event was hosted by The American Lung Association and American University's Centers for Environmental Policy and Environmental Filmmaking

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Clean Air for All 50 Years of the Clean Air Act Online Symposium

September 29, 2020 | 12:00-5:00PM EST

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Clean Air Act and the 30th anniversary of the 1990 amendments. This landmark public health law was enacted with bipartisan cooperation and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives. However, more than 141 million Americans still live in areas where the air quality puts their health at risk. Join us for a half-day online symposium featuring expert speakers and practitioners who will address the law’s tremendous legacy as well as the work that remains to be done.

Hosted by the SPA Center for Environmental Policy, the American Lung Association and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.
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A Good Life on a Finite Earth wins Charles Levine Prize

Each year, the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance sponsors the Levine Prize, named in honor of Charles H. Levine, an acclaimed member who served on the editorial board of its official journal, Governance. A distinguished committee awards the prize to the best book on comparative administration or public policy published in the previous year.

This year’s committee has selected “A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth,” by CEP Director Daniel J. Fiorino, as the 2019 recipient of the Levine Award.

Meet the 2021 Reilly Scholars

Carrie Cook (MPP, 2021)

Reilly Scholar Julia Singer 2021 MPP

Julia Singer (MPP, 2021)

A Future Inspired By the Past

This video history, produced by the Center for Environmental Policy, honors William K. Ruckelshaus, for his tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

Reflection on U.S. Environmental Policy

This video history, produced with support from the EPA Alumni Association, honors William K. Reilly’s tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

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Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide on Environmental Issues

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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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The Challenge of Protecting the Environment Amid Populist Opposition

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Todd Eisenstadt

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Climate Change Lessons from Some of the World's Most Vulnerable Communities

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Looking Ahead: A Roadmap for Healthy Air & Equitable Climate Action for the Biden Administration

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SPA Center for Environmental Policy Co-Hosts Panel on Biden Climate Priorities

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Dan Fiorino (left) and Mary Nichols (right)

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A Conversation with Mary Nichols – Chair, California Air Resources Board

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Celebrating 50 years of the Clean Air Act: Looking back and moving forward to provide Clean Air for All

by Paul Billings and Dan Fiorino

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