Environmental Justice Committee

Updated: May 4, 2017
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PSC WAS IN THE HOUSE; One of the PSC buses disembarks to rally in the Peoples Climate March in D.C., 4/29/17.
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OUR FOCUS: Climate change is a fact. The wider and deeper the understanding of its nature, its causes and its impact, the more effective the PSC can be in crafting an appropriate response.

TeachScience.jpgClearly, in the realm of public policy, responses to climate change raise questions of environmental justice that, directly and indirectly, now and over the long term, affect the CUNY community and the city of which it is a crucial part. We believe that the PSC must work actively within the university and with allies outside to share information and mobilize support for initiatives that place racial and class equity at the center of public responses to the climate crisis. Our particular focus is the CUNY community and its constituency.

Elizabeth Yampierre, one of several community activists speaking at our Nov. 30 Climate Justice Forum.
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The Environmental Justice Working Group will:

  • work with our City University partners to widen and deepen the understanding across the CUNY community of the nature, causes and impact of climate change
  • take a census of faculty who teach climate change-related courses as well as those who administer climate related initiatives centrally and on the campuses;
  • coordinate CUNY-wide discussions of the possibilities for information sharing and collaboration;
  • support CUNY’s clean energy and community solar efforts, and the many campus-based initiatives that elevate environmental justice issues through teaching, activism, and the building of community a
  • work to define a distinctive PSC perspective on what an environmental justice agenda for CUNY should look like;
  • evaluate the most effective ways to collaborate with environmental justice groups outside the university, and particularly our sister unions;
  • hold forums and workshops to facilitate the above.

We believe that these objectives are not only legitimate in themselves for a social movement union, but have the potential to draw additional members to an active role in union life.

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Environmental Justice Committee Meetings

CUNY Campus Events

John Jay

  • Spring 2016 Environmental Club Events: “Plastic Challenge,” Gardening & Cosmetic Workshops, Talk On Trump And Global Warming, Environmental Play (dates TBA)
  • John Jay Contact Information: Alexander Schlutz, Coordinator of Sustainability and Environmental Justice minor: aschlutz@jjay.cuny.edu;
    Lindsey Kayman, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, organizer of Sustainability Council and Film Festival: lkayman@jjay.cuny.edu;
    Mary Ting, Curator of Endangered! and speaker on Wildlife Issues: mting@jjay.cuny.edu.

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