Mind the Gap: Addressing Disproportionate Environmental Damage in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Community advocates, policy-makers and economists have consistently warned that the consequences of environmental hazards and disasters would fall first, hardest and fastest on those already struggling with racial and economic disparities. The gap in environmental safety was again brought to the forefront in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the destruction it caused. While the hurricane affected people of all classes and races, low-income and minority victims were disproportionately exposed to flooding, chemical fumes, and sewage. This panel discussion will address the social dimension of environmental catastrophes and the need for laws and regulations that promote equal environmental protections.
Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Inc.
Albert Y. Huang, Senior Attorney and Director, Environmental Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council
Moderator: Professor Michael E. Herz, Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law and Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democrac