Environmental Justice and Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Location: AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library
111 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta GA 30314

9:15 AM: Morning Breakfast Thought: What do I want to gain today by attending the Summit? 

9:30 AM: University (CAU) Welcome – Dr. Jaideep Chaudhary, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Clark Atlanta University (CAU)

9:35 AM University (CAU) Greetings – Dr. Richard L. Lucas, Jr., Vice President and Chief Development Officer, CAU, Institutional Advancement 

9:40 AM Community Salutations – Mr. Perrin Bostic, Community Advocate & Public Affairs Liaison – Northwest Georgia Outreach Representative for The Honorable U.S. Senator Reverend Rapheal Warnock (GA)

9:45 AM: Summit Purpose/Acknowledgement of Guests, Attendees/Sponsors – Mr. Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., 2024 EJS-Summit Chair/Narrator & Associate Vice President, CAU Office of Governmental Affairs, Institutional Advancement

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM: Thought provoking Break: How do we promote, highlight, and address Environmental injustice, in our communities? 

10:00 AM – 11:50 PM: Community Environmental Justice Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Ravena Baskerville Lottie, Chair, CAU Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)

Panelist #1: Dr. Myron Williams, CAU Department of Chemistry, HBCU Green Fund

Panelist #2: Dr. Erica Hillmon-Hill, CEO, Ayika Solutions

Panelist #3: Ms. Sharon Douglas, C.M., LEED Green Associate, Environmental Business Group Manager, CERM

Panelist #4: Dr. Olugbemiga Olatidoye, Coordinator, CAU DDEP

12:00 PM: Afternoon Lunch Thought: What does it mean to be sustainably fashionable?

12:15 PM: Sustainable Fashion Show sponsored by Clark Atlanta University 

Moderated by: Ms. Simone Mathis, Professor, Arts and Fashion Department, Clark Atlanta University (CAU)

12:35 PM Introduction of Speaker: 

Ms. Zoe Landers, DDEP Research Associate

12:40 – 1:00 PM Speaker

The Honorable Daniel Blackman, former Regional Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region (4) – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and six federally recognized tribes

1:15 PM – 2:50 PM: Community Sustainability Discussion

Moderator: Ms. Zoe Landers, DDEP Research Associate

Panelist #1: Ms. Misty Fernandez, Regional Executive, Georgia Power & Chair of the Board of Directors, Latin American Association

Panelist #2: Mr. George Gamble, CEO, Powerhouse 330

Panelist #3: Ms. Yvonne R. Issac, Senior Vice President, Direct Invest Development

Panelist #4: Dr. Milanika Turner, Associate Professor, CAU W.E.B Dubois Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM: Thought provoking question @ Break– How can we promote a more sustainable CAU campus at and around the surrounding AUC community? 

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM: Summit Presenting Sponsor: Sustain Our Future Foundation Fireside Chat 

Moderator: Ms. Felicia Davis, CEO, HBCU Green Fund

Speaker: Yinka Bode-George, CEO Sustain our Future Foundation


4:00 PM – 4:05 PM: Greetings – Mr. Marshall Taggart, Jr., Associate Vice President, Office of Governmental Affairs, Institutional Advancement 

4:05 PM- 4:10 PM:Community Salutations: Mr. Jared McKinley, District Director, The Honorable Nikema Williams, U.S. House Representative, District 5

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Acknowledgement EJS Inaugural Legend Awardee: Dr. Robert Bullard, the “Father” of Environmental Justice, Clark Atlanta University & Texas Southern University

(Presented: President George T. French, Jr., Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University)

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Networking 

Thursday, April 25, 2024


Location: Westside Works
261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30314

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast sponsored by CAU

9:30 AM – 9:40 AMOpening: Rev. Gerald Durley, Immediate Past Paster of Providence Baptist Church

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Introductions & Welcome:
                                      Ms. Shade’ Y. Jones, Neighborhood Planning Unit-L Chair   
                                      Mr. Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., CAU Associate Vice President – Governmental 
                                      Participants Introductions            

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Community Leadership Panel/Report back to discuss findings

Topic Breakout Groups (CAU Student, Staff, Faculty)

Urban Agriculture & Food Insecurity Parks & Public Spaces (Annie Moore)

Gun Violence Education & Civic Engagement (Shade Jones, Alma Lott)

Campus Spaces/Resources (Marshall Taggart, Jr.)

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Community Art Presentation from the Sustainable Art Project (Felicia Davis, HBCU Green Fund)

12:00 PM: Boxed Lunches compliments of Jimmy John’s

Meet the Speakers