Ward 8 Update Newsletters March 13, 2014

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March 13, 2014

Lunchtime with Elizabeth

Environmental Justice:  Focus on Race, Climate and Community Health

shalini and Dr. Cecelia

Friday, March 21
Noon-1 pm (arrive at 11:30 - get lunch and meet your neighbors!)
Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet

Please join us on Friday, March 21, for Lunchtime with Elizabeth.  We are excited to welcome representatives from the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy to discuss their work on Race, Climate, and Community Health.

Executive Director Shalini Gupta and Dr. Cecilia Martinez will present their newly developed Environmental Justice Mapping Tool.  This tool, as described at www.ceed.org, provides visual comparisons of environmental risks across communities based on race and income and health sensitive populations. The Environmental Justice tool can be used by communities to understand their environmental risks, organize for clean air, land, and water, address environmental health disparities, and build climate resilient neighborhoods.

We will also discuss proposed policy recommendations, such as “Green Zones” and other actions to eliminate racial disparities posed in part by environmental risks.  Green Zones, supported by the City of Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC), have been utilized in other cities and states and are a recommended policy initiative of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan.

Please join us to learn more about Green Zones, Environmental Justice mapping, and ways that together we can address improved community health for all.​