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LSPA January 2022 Membership Meeting: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice in Environmental Engineering and Waste Site Cleanup
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Membership Meeting

LSPA January 2022 Membership Meeting

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice in Environmental Engineering and Waste Site Cleanup

The LSPA cordially invites you to the LSPA January 2022 Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 27, 2022, which will be held virtually from 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM using the Zoom Webinar platform. This program is offered free to all, whether or not you are an LSPA member.  If you wish to receive LSP credit, the typical fees apply.

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022  
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM  EST (Please note: registration closes 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.) 
Live Webinar via Zoom
Important Registration Note: Registration for LSPA webinars requires a two-step process. 1) Complete the LSPA registration, and 2) In your LSPA confirmation email, you will receive a link to a Zoom "Webinar Registration". You must also complete this registration in order to receive the webinar link, and reminder emails with course materials. 
Credit: To be submitted for consideration for 1.0 Technical LSP Credit

  • Deneen Simpson, Director of Environmental Justice, MassDEP
  • Chris Swan, Dean of Undergraduate Education School of Engineering, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • René LaPointe Jameson, Fourth-year Tufts University student, Tisch Scholar, and Balfour Scholar studying environmental engineering with focus on race and justice.  
  • Roseann Bongiovanni, Executive Director, GreenRoots, Inc.


Presentation Description:

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has recently developed a Revised Environmental Justice Policy with a new definition of “Environmental Justice Population” and which incorporates provisions of the 2021 Climate Law related to Environmental Justice. In addition, MassDEP has developed a new Mission Statement that includes specific language about environmental justice and equity for all people.

Consequently, the LSPA has a sincere interest in and indeed, a responsibility to discuss how DEIJ considerations and issues are incorporated in the education and work of our members. The program is designed to provide LSPs and other practitioners insight into the broader context of their practice thereby assisting them in many aspects of their work from communication with stakeholders as part of public processes to site assessment and design of remedies.  

The speakers and topics are outlined below:

Ms. Simpson
  • Revised EOEEA Environmental Justice Policy 
  • MassDEP’s Mission Statement
  • MassDEP initiatives underway 
Professor Swan 
  • Overview of and seminal events in the environmental justice movement
  • Current directions in environmental engineering education
  • Outcomes and next steps
Ms. Jameson 
  • Experience as a student learning DEIJ curriculum
  • Discuss self-designed engineering focus on race and justice
  • Real life practice in the community
Ms. BonGiovanni
  • Overview of organizational EJ mission, with focus on waterfront access, air/water quality, creating green space, climate resiliency  
  • Project descriptions involving waste site cleanup and working with LSPs
  • How and why working successfully in Chelsea demands attention to DEIJ issues in environmental engineering and waste site cleanup

LSPA President Dave Leone will moderate the program and there will be ten minutes set aside at the end for Questions and Answers.

3:45 PM  Welcome and Announcements  
3:55 PM  Speaker & Sponsor Introductions
4:00 PM  Program Begins
4:50 PM  Questions & Answers
5:00 PM  Presentation Ends 

Looking for Meeting Sponsors!

If you are interested in becoming a meeting sponsor, click here for more information on the various sponsorship options. 

Please click here to review the LSPA Course Cancellation Policy.