Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Justice for All: Equality in State Environmental Policy

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Speaker: Shawn M. LaTourette, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Abstract

All New Jersey residents, regardless of income, race, ethnicity or national origin, have a right to live, work, learn and recreate in a clean and healthy environment. Historically, New Jersey’s low-income communities and communities of color face a disproportionately high number of environmental and public health stressors and, as a result, can suffer from increased adverse health effects. These communities also lack sufficient environmental benefits, such as trees and open space. Hear from New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection, Shawn M. LaTourette, about the state’s efforts to address these unequal outcomes and further the promise of environmental justice through legislative, regulatory and policy change.

Biography

Shawn M. LaTourette

Appointed by Governor Philip D. Murphy, Shawn M. LaTourette became New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection on June 14, 2021. He had served as Acting Commissioner since January 16, 2021. Commissioner LaTourette is responsible for formulating statewide environmental policy while directing programs that protect public health and ensure the quality of New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources. A lawyer and policymaker with more than 20 years of experience in environmental protection, Commissioner LaTourette began his career defending victims of toxic exposure, including organizing and advocating for the needs of vulnerable New Jersey communities whose drinking water was contaminated by petrochemicals. His diverse background — in protecting vulnerable communities, facilitating the development of infrastructure and public works, managing business risk, promoting conservationist policies and advocating for equity — has made him a leading force in policy, program and project development, especially those at the complex juncture of economic development, energy and environmental protection. Born and raised in New Jersey, Commissioner LaTourette graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University and earned his law degree summa cum laude from Rutgers Law School, where he was the class salutatorian and the recipient of multiple environmental and governance awards, and published scholarship on environmental law, natural resource damage and climate issues.

Sustainability Seminar Series Website

Live Webcast: https://bit.ly/3RiGQmZ

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Dibs Sarkar
[email protected]

Sponsored by:
HUGO NEU Corporation
Geosyntec Consultants
Lord Abbett
Lozier, Inc.
Brown and Caldwell
H2M Architects and Engineers
The Catalyst Group
WSP, USA