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Highlighting multidisciplinary environmentally-focused work—including scholarly works-in-progress and artistic production—from undergraduate, graduate students, post docs, as well as community members.


*Registration for the series is now closed.

The Conversation Series*

The Panel Discussion

Challenging environmental inequalities and inequities in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County community and greater Virginia. 

Session 1: Thurs, April 7
  • 5:30pm – 5:40pm – Welcome

  • 5:40pm – 5:50pm – Regulating Labor Supply Chains: Sending States, Private Power, and the Evolving Governance of Temporary Labor MigrationKathryn Babineau

  • 5:50pm – 6:00pm –  "Blue Flight: Loss and Liability in the Bay and Beyond"  - Jonna Yarrington

  • 6:00pm – 6:10pm – "Waste Not, Want Not: Closing the loop on Charlottesville's food system" -Kate Nguyen

  • 6:10pm – 6:20pm – "Enhancing Community Access to Satellite Observations of Urban Air Pollution Injustice Using Online Interactive Mapping and Story-Telling" - Kate McCarthy

  • 6:20pm – 6:30pm – "The importance of sustainable infrastructure, city-planning, and regulations in preparation for  predicted intensification of climate-related events"   -Alannah Bell

  • 6:30pm – 7:00pm – Guided open discussion 

Session 2: THURS, APRIL 14TH
  • 11:00am – 11:05am – Welcome

  • 11:05am – 11:15am – "Integrating Social Equity into Multi-objective Optimization for Urban Stormwater Low Impact Development" - Robert Seth Herbst

  • 11:15am – 11:25am – "Ocean Microplastic Contamination: A Design Perspective" - Sarah Rivard

  • 11:25am – 11:35am –  "Coasts in Crisis: Caribbean Arts and Cultures after Hurricanes”" - Rebecca “Elise” Foote

  • 11:35am – 11:45am – " Under pressure: Community health impacts of gas pipeline compressor stations" - Rachael King

  • 11:45am – 11:55am – "Creating learning pathways for social justice education inside and outside of an engineering classroom" - Patrick I. Hancock

  • 11:55am – 12:25pm – Guided open discussion

  • 12:25pm – 12:30pm – Conversation Series concluding remarks



​ 2:00 to 3:30pm

We will hear about initiatives and challenges surrounding environmental inequalities and inequities in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County and greater Virginia community.

  1. Sally Hudson, Legislator, Virginia House Delegate

  2. Queen Zakia Shabazz, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative

  3. Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, Appalachian Voices

  4. Peggy Van Yarnes, Chair, Cville Tree Commission

  5. Lauren Prince, Founder, UVA Environmental Justice Collective

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