17 for Peace and Justice Spring Lecture
The Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health will host Vernice Miller-Travis, the principal of environmental consulting group Miller-Travis & Associates, and a senior associate at Skeo Solutions. Through both Miller-Travis and Associates and Skeo Solutions, she works with communities that have undergone economic disinvestment and environmental degradation to facilitate revitalization and redevelopment initiatives and projects. Her projects focus on sustainable community planning and design, environmental law, regulation and policy, land-use planning, brownfields revitalization and equitable redevelopment, hazardous waste abatement and clean-up, toxic air emissions reduction, green space design and development, healthy indoor and outdoor school environments, and green job development. She served as a principal co-author of the report “Now is the Time: Environmental Injustice in the U.S. and recommendations for eliminating disparities” published by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in June, 2010. Dr. Miller-Travis was recently reappointed to the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), where she serves on the Work Group on Integrating Environmental Justice into Permitting. She also co-chaired the NEJAC’s Work Group on School Air Toxics Monitoring. She serves as vice-chair of the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, where she leads an effort to encourage state and local governments to consider the environmental and public health dimensions of local land-use and zoning decisions. Light refreshments will be served.