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Environmental Justice & Climate Protection Conference 2023

June 15, 2023
Emory University, Atlanta Georgia
and Zoom

Our second annual Environmental Justice and Climate Protection Conference brings together community leaders, concerned citizens, elected officials, academics, and industry experts. Together we will break information silos through information sharing focused on identifying solutions to heal and improve the environmental health of all Georgians.

“Pollution anywhere is pollution everywhere.” — Dr. Treva Gear


Conference Charge: What can be done *right now* to work with communities to move the needle on addressing environmental impacts on health? How can we measure success so that these immediate actions are sustained?


Climate Champions

Powell Environmental Law

Change Agent


Friends of Environmental Justice

Rep. Becky Evans, National Parks Conservation Association, Wesley Longhofer, Brooke Martin

Attendees to this one-day conference receive solutions-oriented information on the dimensions of environmental health that impact Georgia residents. With sessions on environmental justice impacts, translating knowledge into action, and community coalition building, we will discuss, and more importantly, actively brainstorm, what community work can be done right now to move the needle on improving environmental health.

The event will be hosted by Science for Georgia, Dogwood Alliance, Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW), and Emory’s Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism (CHARTER) on June 15th at Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, and also be broadcast to our many online communities.

To spur people to action – CHARTER will set aside funding, specifically for partnerships formed during this conference, to explore pilot ideas related to Maternal/Child Environmental Health.


Sponsors enable us to provide travel stipends, produce high-quality videos, and keep the momentum going.


Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 Check-in and coffee
9:00 – 10:00 Welcome & Call to Action
* The Impact of Environmental Injustices on Children’s Health, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
* The Intersection of Environmental Justice and Climate Protection
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:45 Resources Available to Create Change
* Emory Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism (CHARTER)
* Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
* Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
* Environmental Justice Mapping Tool (Science for Georgia, Georgia Water Coalition)
11:45 – 12:15 Check out the tables before lunch!
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch w/ network building activities
1:00 – 1:15 Tables and break
1:15 – 2:40 Examples of Effective Coalitions
* Dogwood Alliance
* Center for Black Women’s Wellness
* Georgia WAND
* Greenlink Analytics
2:40 – 2:55 Break
2:55 – 4:25 Build-a-Coalition Workshop
* Beth Remmes, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
* Treva Gear, Dogwood Alliance
* Amy Sharma, Science for Georgia
4:25 – 4:30 Wrap-up & Closing
4:30 ++ Networking Cocktail Hour


Online – Zoom

In Person – Klamon Room, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Networking Cocktail Hour – 4:45pm – 6:45pm – Schoolhouse Brewing Gymnasium, Emory Point, 1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-240, Atlanta, GA, 30329



Park in the Michael St Parking Deck – Visitors Section ((550 Houston Mill Road, marked by the blue P in the map above). Visitor parking is free for the first 15 minutes, then is $4 for the first hour, $5 for two hours, $7 for three hours, $9 for four hours, and $12 for four to 24 hours. There is a $25 fee for lost tickets. 

Alternate Parking – Emory Point – East and West Deck, This is a short walk to the Claudia Nance Rollins Building (855 Emory Point Dr, North Druid Hills, GA 30329). Mon-Sun – All day, 2 Hours $3.00, 4 Hours $5.00, 24 Hours $10.00 The Emory Point development fronts Clifton Road, across from the CDC, adjacent to Emory University. Parking is available in the decks behind the buildings, accessed from the middle of the street (Avenue Place).

Public Transportation:

Emory Campus Shuttles
**NOTE – Emory Shuttles are free to all riders

MARTA Rail Maps

MARTA Bus Maps

The Klamon Room: 

Enter the Claudia Nance Rollins Building (pictured below) and walk toward the elevator vestibule. Head to the 8th floor, turn right, and walk down the hallway. The Klamon Room will be on your right. 


Campus Area:

Emory Conference Center Hotel (0.4 miles)
1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30322
Reservations: 1-800-933-6679

Holiday Inn Express – Emory (1.5 miles)
2183 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Reservations:  404-320-0888

Courtyard by Marriott (2.4 miles)
130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
Reservations: 404-371-0204 

Courtyard by Marriott Executive Park Emory (2.5 miles)
1236 Executive Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30329
Reservations:  1-800-MARRIOTT or 1-404-728-0708
Ask for Emory University rate (2 doubles or 1 king for $118 + tax), subject to availability

Areas Outside of Campus:

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel (3.8 miles)
866 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Reservations: 1-800-716-6009 or 678-412-2400

Residence Inn Atlanta Buckhead/Lenox Park (4.7 miles)
2220 Lake Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
Reservations: 404-467-1660

Travel Stipends

Thanks to our generous sponsors, our conference is free of charge. We are seeking additional support so we can offer travel stipends.


Registration for this event has Ended. Please see the EJ&CP Summary Report


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