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2017 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum: Environmental Justice

Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 5:30 PM-9:00 PM


Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States + Google Map

hand_print_for_earth_weekThe Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration required. Light dinner included. Call 314-516-4246, or email Ashley Johns at johnsa@umsl.edu to register.


5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. SPEAKERS & TOPICS

Pandora CropApplying Ecological Principles to Social Design
Pandora Thomas, Ecological Designer, Teacher and Bridge Builder, co-founder, Black Permaculture Network

A passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver for her mother and globally as a teacher, writer, designer, and speaker with over 25 years of experience, Pandora’s work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. A popular and sought after speaker both nationally and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship, permaculture and sustainability. Pandora is currently a designer, teacher, and facilitator at several permaculture and ecological design schools and programs.

SacobyWilson CropThe Use of Community-Engaged Research to Understand and Address Environmental Justice Issues and Related Health Disparities 
Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D.
, Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park – University of Maryland

Dr. Wilson is an environmental health scientist with over fifteen years of experience working in partnership with community-based organizations on understanding and addressing environmental justice and health issues. He has expertise in exposure science and applied environmental health including community-based exposure assessment, environmental justice science, social epidemiology, environmental health disparities, the built environment, air pollution monitoring, and community-based participatory research (CBPR).Wilson directs the Program on Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) at UMD-College Park, a program that engages communities and advocacy groups in the Washington, DC region on environmental health issues.

6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Light Dinner and Exhibit Viewing

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. SPEAKERS & TOPICS

Gibbs CropEnvironmental Justice: Connections to Criminology
Carole Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, joint appointment, College of Social Science School of Criminal Justice, and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Carole Gibbs’s research interests include corporate and white-collar crimes (particularly those that harm the environment), race and crime, and environmental justice. She is one of the founding members of the Conservation Criminology research framework and certificate program, a research framework developed to advance the study of environmental crimes and risks that occur at the intersection of human and natural systems. Her recent publications appear in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and Law and Policy.

Jacqueline-Patterson CropUpholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet for ALL
Jacqueline Patterson, Director NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Jacqueline Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United since 2007. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. As a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid she integrated a women’s rights lens for issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change. She currently serves on the International Committee of the US Social Forum, the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the Center for Earth Ethics Advisory Board, and sits on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy, and the US Climate Action Network.

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion


The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum is a Conservation Science public forum partnership of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, The Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30 PM-9:00 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
+ Google Map