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New Science Office and Environment, Equity & Justice Center Increase NRDC Focus and Capabilities in Key Areas
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New Science Office and Environment, Equity & Justice Center Increase NRDC Focus and Capabilities in Key Areas

NEW YORK NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), announced that a new website was being launched. new Environment, Equity & Justice CenterAnd a Science Office newToday, this will ensure that science and frontline communities voices are part of NRDCs advocacy and partnerships as well as litigation. Both offices are manned with seasoned NRDC experts, who have contributed to the organization’s core science and environmental justice work. These offices will be working in tandem with NRDCs Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

The Environment, Equity & Justice Center will integrate community and environmental justice in NRDC’s advocacy. This is an expansion and finer focus of work that has been done for years by NRDCs Environmental Justice Team under the direction. Melissa Lin Perrella.

Equity must be the cornerstone of any solution to environmental injustices threatening communities. Melissa Lin PerrellaNRDC’s Chief Equity and Justice Officer, who will be leading the new Environment, Equity & Justice Center. I want NRDC’s dialogue and partnership with frontline communities to grow and change the environmental movement. This is what I aspire to do. Our progress is dependent on our partnership with communities that fight to transform institutions and systems that have created climate and environmental crises.

Lin Perrella began representing communities most affected by air pollution in the 1990s. Freight transport systemAfter joining NRDC, she continued her work at the organization until today. Her expertise in diesel emissions has helped her advocate for reduced pollution from ports and rail yards. She also enforces the National Environmental Policy Act.

The new NRDC Science Office aims drive, shape and support NRDC’s ability protect public health, participate in strong environmental movements, and advance social justice. The Science Office will greatly increase the organization’s capacity to better understand the world and harness science as a tool for supporting a greater environmental movement that centers communities worst affected by climate and environmental change.

The environmental movement must evolve to be more inclusive by incorporating the lived experiences and expertise of communities who have developed their own expertise in fighting against environmental injustices. Kristi Pullen FedinickNRDC’s Chief Science Officer. NRDC’s scientific work is a pillar of our advocacy. Our new Science Office will allow for us to strengthen and re-center efforts on the needs and expertise of our community partners.

Kristi Pullen FedinickAfter nearly a decade of working at NRDC at the intersection between science and policy, Pullen Fedinick will now lead the Science Office. The new Science Office is designed to advance data-driven, community-oriented, health-protective solutions. Pullen Fedinick has A number of groundbreaking reports have been published, including one series that focuses on data about drinking water contamination and communities in color.Pullen Fedinick also served on many influential committees of both the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. He was recently appointed to the EPA Science Advisory Board.

These two new initiatives result from NRDCs commitmentTo instill equity, diversity and inclusiveness while fighting for all people’s rights to clean air, clean drinking water, and healthy communities.


NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Our lawyers, scientists, as well as other environmental specialists, have worked tirelessly to protect the environment, public health, natural resources, and the environment since 1970. NRDC has offices located in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, Beijing, and Los Angeles. Visit us at www.nrdc.orgFollow us on Twitter @NRDC

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