GreenLaw Attorney Honors 20 Years of Environmental Justice in U.S.

GreenLaw attorney attends National Environmental Justice Conference in Denver

Febraury 11, 2014 – ATLANTA – MaKara Rumley, Environmental Justice Attorney for GreenLaw, attended the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) meeting in Denver this week that featured a recognition of the 20th Anniversary of Executive Order 12898. This landmark order, signed by President Clinton, was the first major federal action on environmental justice (EJ) in America. It required that all federal agencies “make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing ... disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”

“It’s important to note that the Order still stands twenty years later, notwithstanding several attempt to weaken it,” said Rumley of the occasion.  “The NEJAC conferences are a way for organizations working on EJ issues across the country to network and exchange information.”
 

Key issues addressed at the Denver meeting were:  Sustainability and Equitable Development, Leveraging Resources for Community Capacity, and Climate Resiliency. GreenLaw will use the information gathered at the NEJAC conference in continuing to build a strong EJ community in Georgia.
 

GreenLaw is the only organization in Georgia with an attorney dedicated to environmental justice issues.  GreenLaw works to prevent air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia’s natural resources. Since 1992, GreenLaw has achieved these goals by providing free, high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia. For more information, visit www.greenlaw.org and follow @greenlaw_GA on Twitter.
 

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Media Contact:
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, GreenLaw
sbenfield@greenlaw.org

MaKara Rumley
mrumley@greenlaw.org


GreenLaw is GreenLaw is a Georgia-based nonprofit law firm serving environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution.  Since 1992, GreenLaw has achieved these goals by providing free, high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia.