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2023 Michigan Environmental Justice Conference

A wide angle view of the many attendees at the 2023 Michigan Environmental Justice conference
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

2023 Michigan Environmental Justice Conference

Over 300 participants gathered on June 21-22 in Detroit for the 2023 Michigan Environmental Justice Conference.  For two days, the University of Detroit-Mercy hosted a diverse array of attendees – including residents of EJ communities, EJ advocates, local and county government staff, representatives of utilities and businesses, EJ researchers, and state agencies - to engage with the conference theme, Advancing Environmental Justice: Working Together Toward Progress.

The conference agenda offered more than 20 sessions touching on energy equity, community resilience for EJ communities, collaborative solutions to EJ challenges, water affordability, EJ concerns for migrant worker communities, and more.

Two plenary panel presentations highlighted the work of the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (MAC-EJ) as well as the State of Michigan Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team.  The OEJPA team led an interactive session for all attendees to share their perspectives on Michigan’s most important EJ challenges and barriers to progress.

Featured speakers included Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Senior Director for Environmental Justice with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Debra Shore, Administrator for U.S. EPA Region 5.

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The goal of this 2-day, in-person conference was to convene conversations, explore actions, present research and continue progress toward achieving environmental justice in Michigan.

 

View the conference agenda