Beyond Toxics and NAACP Eugene/Springfield were proud to host a virtual Environmental Justice Pathways (EJP) Summit on April 9th-10th featuring Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali and Sheila Watt-Cloutier.  The summit featured renowned national and state speakers and created space for interactive discussions, workshops and organizational meetings with the goal of supporting a collaborative network and crafting policy guidelines dedicated to Environmental Justice in the state of Oregon.

Beyond Toxics and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Eugene/Springfield are two social and environmental justice organizations located in Eugene, OR. One of the main goals of our organizations was to achieve environmental and climate justice for historically disadvantaged and underserved communities.

Environmental and climate injustices have disproportionately impacted those who contribute the least to the problem. We knew that the costs of and benefits in mitigating the impacts of climate change are not equally distributed. In order to make sure we uplifted and prioritized the voices of those most impacted by environmental and climate injustices, we needed to pave the way towards sustainable and equitable solutions. Thus, we launched the Environmental Justice Pathways effort.

If you missed the summit, check out the recorded sessions here

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Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Kickoff, Day 1

Haley Case-Scott

0:00 Welcoming statements

Lucy Vinis – City of Eugene, Mayor

1:58 Welcoming statements

Fabio Andrade – City of Eugene, Human Rights and Equity Analyst

6:39 Belonging at the City of Eugene: Overview of historic content provided to all City of Eugene staff

Lisa Arkin –Beyond Toxics, Executive Director

28:01 The History of Environmental Justice in West Eugene

Eric Richardson – NAACP Eugene/Springfield, Executive Director


58:56 Q&A

Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Opening Session, Day 2

Haley Case-Scott

0:00 Welcoming statements

Marta Clifford – Tribal Elder of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians

2:12 Blessing

Haley Case-Scott

8:40 EJP Webinar Series Overview

Lisa Arkin

13:04 Environmental Justice Stories Playlist

17:58 Climate Fires – Climate Justice Film

Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Panel, Day 2

Haley Case-Scott

0:00 Welcoming statements

Joel Iboa – Oregon Just Transition Alliance, Executive Director

3:18 About Oregon Just Transition Alliance

Cheyenne Holliday – Oregon water Futures, Associate Project Manager Overview


Alai Reyes-Santos – Associate Professor in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Oregon

15:44 Oregon Water Futures: Project Update

Miles Palacios – Legislative Director for Representative Campos’

27:20 Legislation Update

Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Keynote- Mustafa Santiago Ali


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