Past Event

Climate School Justice Talk: Practical Environmental Justice Policy

March 24, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Event

Climate School Justice Talk: Practical Environmental Justice Policy: How New York State Pioneered 'Justice40'” with Rachel Patterson, Policy Lead at Evergreen Action

In partnership with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES), the Climate School is pleased to organize talks featuring leaders and experts in environmental and climate justice, with the goal to cover a broad range of topics and perspectives. Join us on Thursday, March 24, 11am-12pm via Zoom to hear from Rachel Patterson, Policy Lead at Evergreen Action. Patterson's talk, “Practical Environmental Justice Policy: How New York State Pioneered 'Justice40', will dive into New York's role in developing the Biden Administration's Justice40 Initiative. These talks are targeted at Climate School students, but are open to all Columbia affiliates.

Rachel Patterson is a policy lead at Evergreen Action and has experience working on policy in the areas of climate, energy, clean transportation and environmental justice. Prior to joining Evergreen, she was the Legislative and Climate Associate at Environmental Advocates NY, where she supported policy development, analysis and research and engaged with state legislators and coalitions. Rachel also served as an Excelsior Fellow for NYSERDA and briefly as the Senior Briefer for the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Rachel holds an MPA from Columbia University, and B.A.s in Public Policy and Environmental Science from Mills College. Rachel is currently pursuing a J.D. at Albany Law. She is also active in her community, currently serving on the Albany Community Policing Accountability Committee and is a member of the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Rachel also serves as an alumni member of Columbia's Environmental Science and Policy Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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Contact Information

Cynthia Thomson