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Leveraging Federal Funding for Climate Justice in Midwestern Frontline Communities
September 30, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, Grantmakers in Health, Climate and Energy Funders Group, Health and Environmental Funders Network, The Funders Network, and Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders invite interested nonprofit, health, academic, philanthropic, and government partners to join two webinars focused on the midwest.
This meeting will discuss pathways for federal resources with high relevance for climate justice work in the Midwest, with a focus on funding managed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Midwestern stakeholders from government, philanthropy, the health and environmental sectors, and community groups are invited to learn about how environmentally-focused federal funds can help frontline communities address climate change, public health, and environmental justice challenges.
The meeting will be moderated by Donele Wilkins, Green Door Initiative, and open with a presentation from Matthew Tejada, Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice and Alan Walts, Director, Tribal and Multi-media Programs Office at US EPA Region 5. We will also hear from Rowzat Shipchandler, Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Minnesota Department of Human Services (former Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights), and Dale Asis, Finance Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Speakers will discuss mechanisms for supporting effective solutions that engage local partners and strengthen community capacity, while creating room for participant comments and questions.
Presenters and participants will be invited to:
- Highlight timely federal funding applications and decision-making points that will be critical for Midwestern participants working on climate justice issues; and
- Suggest concrete actions to help ensure frontline communities benefit from the public funding programs.
Webinar #2: Resourcing Midwest Health Sector Work on Climate Change and Health Equity