Campus Sustainability Week to feature keynote address by Danielle Purifoy

Danielle Purifoy, board chair of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, will discuss 'The Long Fight for Environmental Justice in North Carolina,' on October 5 at 7 p.m. in McKinnon Hall in the Moseley Center.

As part of Campus Sustainability Week, Elon will host a keynote discussion titled “The Long Fight for Environmental Justice in North Carolina” by Danielle Purifoy on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in McKinnon Hall.

This talk will connect the early origins of the environmental justice movement in North Carolina in the 1980s to contemporary place-based challenges that impact marginalized communities across the state. Though various polluting industries place disproportionate burden on communities of color and communities with low monetary wealth, environmental justice is also interested in larger processes of place development and in the underlying social, political and economic structures undergirding them. Such development processes reveal far more than simple discrimination or market-based decision making that have been long used to explain environmental racism.

This keynote presentation is free and open to the public.

The talk is sponsored by The Office of Sustainability, The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education, the Department of Public Health Studies, the Environmental Studies Department, The Kernodle Center for Civic Life and the Poverty and Social Justice program.