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Air Quality: Impacts on Health, Community and Justice in Southern California

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
11:30am - 1:30pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Please join SCG’s new Environmental Funders Peer Group for a conversation on environmental health and justice. We will hear from Dean Florez (@DeanFlorez) and Diane Takvorian (@DianeTakvorian), the new Environmental Justice representatives to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the largest agency dedicated to improving air quality and addressing climate change in the world.  

We will also be hearing from Professor Manuel Pastor (@Prof_MPastor), Director of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and member of California’s Strategic Growth Council charged with setting policies and programs to steer the state towards strong local economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. 

Although air quality has improved over the last generation in Southern California, our air continues to be the most polluted and toxic in the nation and is still far from meeting federal health standards.  As the first members appointed by the Legislature to represent disadvantaged communities that suffer heavy pollution burden (eg. higher rates of asthma, poorer health, and reduced quality of life), Florez and Takvorian have vowed to push for a renewed focus on health and equity impacts.  

At the program, we will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Pastor who will share an overview of air quality, climate change and environmental justice issues in Southern California.  Grantmakers will have the unique chance to engage with these new regulatory leaders in sharing their vision for tackling tough issues including how to transition from fossil fuels to environmental sustainability and how to protect and improve air quality in Southern California, particularly in communities who have suffered and continue to suffer from the most dangerous levels of unhealthy air. 

Dean Florez is a former State Senator and Assemblyman representing the Central Valley, and is now CEO of Balance Public Relations.  Diane Takvorian is co-founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Health Coalition in San Diego.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating discussion.


No cost to participate

Who May Attend:
Open to current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected]

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