As the Duke community continues to focus on the significant and often intertwined challenges of racial equity and a changing climate, we have the opportunity to hear from alumni working at the intersection of these issues. 

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development and implementation of environmental laws and regulations. For communities disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation or lacking access to environmental benefits, environmental justice means identifying often longstanding environmental inequities, and working with stakeholders to define and implement solutions that ensure equitable outcomes. 

Join the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Black Alumni DC, and the Duke DC Women of Color Coalition for a panel discussion with Duke alumni whose professional work focuses on advancing environmental justice and equity on national, regional, and local scales. 

  • Esi Langston B.S.'09, M.E.M.'13, Environmental Sustainability Manager, City of Norfolk
  • Trey Sherard B.S.'05, Riverkeeper, Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • Cherie Wilson M.E.M.'15, Director of Federal Affairs, General Motors
  • Moderator, Saiontoni Sarkar B.S.’10, Technical Manager/Communications Specialist, NOAA National Ocean Service

The panelists will discuss the successes and roadblocks they’ve faced while working on these issues, and share best practices, ideas, and examples for how environmental justice can be incorporated into your own life, community, or workplace. The panel will feature a Q&A session to encourage audience interaction and learning. You will also have an opportunity to submit questions for the speakers during registration.