Local and Statewide Perspectives on Environmental Justice

February 25th,2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Sarah Bennett, M.S.
Erie Coke closed its doors in December 2019 after years of environmental violations that disproportionately impacted Environmental Justices communities. In September 2020, Erie County declared racism as a public health crisis. Join Allison Acevedo and Sarah Bennett to learn what environmental justice is, how it impacts the Erie community, and what can be done to create a future where low income people and people of color are no longer disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and pollution.
This event will be broadcast digitally on the Jefferson's Facebook page and made available on our website.

 Allison Acevedo is Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection where she works to ensure justice and equity in application of state policies and practices regarding the environment. Allison was a strategic planning consultant, and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor. She also operated a consultancy providing guidance on education, program development, policy and strategic planning for non-profit organizations. She also held roles as the Director of Education of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and as a staff advisor to Pennsylvania Representative W. Curtis Thomas and Pennsylvania Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz. She also co-founded the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle, and is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Sarah Bennett, M.S.
Sarah Bennett, M.S. Sarah is PennFuture’s Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy in the Lake Erie Watershed. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University. After earning her degrees, Sarah spent 13 years teaching biology at the college level. She served as Chairperson of the Biology Department and Co-Director of the Environmental Science program at Mercyhurst University for two years and was also their Sustainability Officer for two years. Sarah is a member of the NWPA Chapter of Sigma Xi and the university representative on the Keep Erie County Beautiful advisory committee. She has organized many litter and dump site cleanups in the area.