We were honored to have such an informative and inspiring discussion on January 26th with Vernice Miller-Travis, Magdalena Ayed, and Bobby Boone. The panel covered topics such as institutional racism, environmental equity, and strategies for advocacy. Thank you to all the panelists, and to the skilled facilitation of the Cambium Collective.
Did you miss the event? Check out the recording on our YouTube channel HERE.
Many of us left the event feeling charged and excited to continue this work. If you’re interested in some actionable steps of how to bring it forward in productive ways, we captured some of the panelist’s recommendations for you:
- Read the full article that Vernice referenced, “Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States.”
- Join your local planning board
- Learn more about the Justice40 Initiative
- Get involved with an organization like We Act for Environmental Justice
- Use the Conway design process to assess a planning issue as you do a landscape, by getting to know the community like you get to know the site.
We take to heart moderator (and alum) Beth Schermerhorn’s closing words:
“This isn’t actually a conversation that can end. So I’d like to ask the Conway School [and] the community of ecological and environmental planners to find ways to continue this conversation and move it forward, and to be a part of centering racial justice in our work.”