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Webinar Series: Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management

The National CASC hosted a webinar series from February 29 to May 9, 2024 (3-4 PM ET) on how to integrate principles of climate and environmental justice into research and resource management. Speakers shared research and best practices around environmental and climate justice and engaged audiences in facilitated "coffee hours” for participants to learn from one another. 

Webinar Series Overview 

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In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, the National CASC invited all audiences interested in the intersection between climate and environmental justice and environmental research to join them from Feb. 29 – May 9, 2024, for the webinar series “Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management.” Two “coffee hours” were held on Friday, March 29 and Friday, May 10, where participants further explored series topics in facilitated breakout group discussions. 

The consequences of environmental change are not distributed equally. Where habitats are restored, where pollution is dumped, and who has access to disaster relief are all inextricably linked to issues of power and class. Similarly, communities least responsible for climate change are often most vulnerable to negative environmental and climate impacts. Researchers can contribute to environmental justice, but can also cause harm when not taking into account the impacts of power and access. 

Within the USGS, the vision for environmental justice focuses on delivering actionable science to inform equitable, data-driven decisions inclusive of all people. This contributes to a better future where everyone enjoys equal protection from environmental harm, equal access to environmental resources, and meaningful participation in decision making.  

In this webinar series, speakers explored the ethics around engaging with the populations most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental and climate change, which are often low-income communities, communities of color, Indigenous and Tribal communities, and people facing disenfranchisement. We hope the series will be of particular value to researchers looking to apply justice principles to their own work and communities seeking to lay out clear expectations for the researchers they collaborate with. 



Date & Time 



Feb. 29, 3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 1: What are climate and environmental justice? 

Alessandra Jerolleman

USGS National CASC, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Jacqueline Patterson

Chrisholm Legacy Project 

March 14, 3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 2: Skillsets & competencies integral to justice work 

Devon Parfait

Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw

Legna M Torres-García 

USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

March 28, 

3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 3: Climate & environmental justice at the national scale 

Keely Maxwell & Emily Eisenhauer

Environmental Protection Agency

Aranzazu Lascurain

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Natasha DeJarnett, Kameron Kerger, & Nick Thorpe

White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

March 29, 

4-5 PM ET 

Coffee Hour Discussion (Registration limited) 


April 11,  

3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 4: Case Studies: Showcasing regional differences in climate and environmental justice applications   

Bobbie Buzzell

Lummi Natural Resources Department

Christa Mulder

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Kamuela Plunkett

Pacific Islands CASC Climate Adaptation Planner and Research Scientist ORISE Fellow

April 25,  

3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 5: Environmental justice tools and evaluation 

Lori Peek

University of Colorado Boulder

Leila Darwish

Community Organizer, Bioremediation Educator

May 9,  

3-4 PM ET 

Webinar 6: Broadening participation in environmental science through fellowship programs 

Elijah Johnson

USGS National CASC 

Abigail Lynch

USGS National CASC 

Olivia LeDee

USGS Midwest CASC 

Cielo Sharkus

USGS National CASC 

May 10, 

4-5 PM ET 

Coffee Hour Discussion (Registration limited) 



Webinar Recordings 

Webinars in this series were recorded and transcribed and are posted below. 

Webinar Series Planning Committee Team Members

Alessandra Jerolleman, National CASC Climate Justice Lead
Marina Tomer, South Central CASC Assistant Regional Administrator (Acting)
Elijah Johnson, National CASC DEIAJ Coordinator
Cielo Sharkus, National CASC DEIAJ Coordinator
Amanda Cucchi, USFWS National Conservation Training Center 
Jordan Bush,  National CASC ORISE Participant
Codie Winn, South Central CASC ORISE Participant
Elda Varela Minder, National CASC Outreach Biologist