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

The National CASC is hosting 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 will share research and best practices around environmental and climate justice and will engage audiences in facilitated "coffee hours” where participants can learn from one another. 

Series Overview 

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In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, the National CASC invites all audiences interested in the intersection between climate and environmental justice and environmental research to join us every other Thursday (3-4 PM ET) from Feb. 29 – May 9, 2024, for the webinar series “Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management.” We also extend an invitation to two “coffee hours” on Friday March 29 (4-5 PM ET) and Friday May 10 (4-5 PM ET), where participants can further explore series topics in facilitated breakout group discussions (registration limited to 40 people each). 

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 will explore 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. 


How to Register 

Register for the webinars here.

Register for the coffee hour discussions here. Discussion sessions will be limited to 40 people each and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Webinars and discussion sessions will be held using the platform Zoom.  



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 

Abigail Lynch 

USGS National CASC 


Olivia LeDee 

USGS Midwest CASC 

May 10, 

4-5 PM ET 

Coffee Hour Discussion (Registration limited) 




Webinars will be recorded, transcribed, and made available here a few weeks after the live event. Coffee hour discussions will not be recorded.