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APSU hosts Environmental Justice Conference April 2-3

Austin Peay is hosting an Environmental Justice Conference April 2-3 in the African American Cultural Center.

Environmental justice is the belief that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic standing, deserve to live, work and play in a healthy environment.
Austin Peay is hosting an Environmental Justice Conference April 2-3 in the African American Cultural Center.

Environmental justice is the belief that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic standing, deserve to live, work and play in a healthy environment.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a better understanding of environmental justice issues,” says Dr. Shirley Rainey, assistant professor of sociology at APSU. “We're going to talk about environmental concerns, blacks and the environment, public perceptions of environmental issues, environmental justice issues associated with higher education, environmental health and justice in Clarksville, stream pollution and more.”

The conference runs 2-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 2. The day's featured speaker is Dr. David Padgett, director of the Geographical Information Sciences Laboratory at Tennessee State University.

The conference continues from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3. The day's events include two panels. The 10 a.m. panel features Rainey, Dr. Robert Jones, faculty associate with the Energy, Environment and Resources Center (EERC), and Dr. Willodean Burton, professor of biology at APSU. The 1:30 p.m. panel features Padgett, Rainey and David Steele, sociology instructor at APSU.

“We encourage the University community—faculty, staff and students—to attend the conference and become more informed about environmental justice issues,” says Rainey.

The conference is free and open to the public from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday.
—Rebecca Mackey