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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Small Town Alliance, the Howard University School of Law and others, kicked off the State of Environmental Justice in America 2011 Conference today in Washington, D.C.

This year's conference theme is "Building the Clean Energy Economy with Equity," and will focus on climate change, green jobs and equity for low-income, minority and Tribal populations. The goal is to continue bringing together participants from Federal agencies, academia, business and industry, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations and local communities to participate in a dialogue on achieving equality of environmental protection.

The Department of Energy's Associate Deputy Secretary Melvin G. Williams Jr. will deliver opening remarks on the second day of the conference.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-6)
  • Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen (VI) 
  • Nancy Helen Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ignacia Moreno, Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior

The conference will be held April 27 - 29, 2011, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

Additional details, including a conference agenda, are available on the Enviromental Justice website.

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