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Going Beyond: Climate Action and Local Environmental Health

May 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Clean air, pure water, and open spaces are essential to human and environmental health. Princeton’s Climate Action Plan is primarily focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making our community more resilient. Yet, a number of the Plan’s actions provide the co-benefit of improving our local environmental health and consequently, our quality of life.

During this May 5th webinar, distinguished panelists will reflect upon the value of improving our local air and water quality and the preservation of our natural ecosystems. This event is free and open to the public. Register for this Zoom webinar today.

Jay Watson, Senior Director of Statewide Land Protection and Community Relations for the NJ Conservation Foundation, will moderate the event and share his work with the Outdoor Equity Alliance, urban agriculture, and land protection and management.
Sharon Davis, Chief of Bureau of Evaluation and Planning, Division of Air Quality within the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, will join us to discuss our local air quality and describe actions the state is taking to protect the public’s health from air toxins and pollutants.
Daniel Van Abs, PhD, FAICP/PP, Associate Professor of Professional Practice for Water, Society and Environment in the Rutgers-School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, will speak about water quality and will describe Princeton’s Water Story.
Patricia Shanley, PhD, has thirty years of experience researching the value of forests to local livelihoods and currently leads a forest stewardship program training youth to conserve and manage forests for the protection of native species with the Ridgeview Conservancy. During this program she will join us to share her knowledge about local land conservation and habitat restoration efforts.

Our 2020-21 Great Ideas series explores the additional, positive benefits we get from taking action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change. This is the final of four programs in this series focused on the co-benefits.

This event is free and open to the public. Register for this Zoom webinar today.

Sponsorship for Sustainable Princeton’s Great Ideas Events is provided by NRG Energy, Inc. Events are held in partnership with the Princeton Public Library.


May 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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