Environmental Justice at CDPHE
Joel Minor, Environmental Justice Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 11:45am-1pm
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CEMS has received one (1) general CLE credit for this presentation
This presentation will discuss CDPHE’s initiatives to advance environmental justice, including efforts to implement multiple new statutes. The presentation will first define environmental justice. Then it will cover the history and background of efforts to address environmental justice at CDPHE. Next, it will discuss the formation of CDPHE’s new Environmental Justice Unit, and the work that the Unit will be doing. Then the presentation will provide an overview of the eight bills signed into law during the 2021 legislative session that address environmental justice: HB21-1266, HB21-1189, HB21-1290, SB21-87, SB21-181, SB21-249, SB21-260, and SB21-272. There will be a more in depth discussion about CDPHE’s efforts to implement the Environmental Justice Act (HB21-1266) and Air Toxics Act (HB21-1189). The presentation will close with a discussion of best practices for community engagement, based on CDPHE’s Office of Health Equity’s SWEET Tool for Authentic Community Engagement.
Joel Minor (he/him) is the manager of CDPHE’s Environmental Justice Unit. Prior to joining CDPHE in June 2021, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Resource Conservation Unit within the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. His primary client was the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and he represented COGCC staff in the agency’s rulemakings to implement Senate Bill 19-181. Prior to the AG’s Office, Joel was a senior associate attorney at Earthjustice, where he represented north Denver community organizations in environmental justice matters, and conservation and tribal community groups in litigation over federal oil and gas regulations and leasing decisions. Before joining Earthjustice, Joel clerked for Hon. Carlos F. Lucero of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Joel earned his J.D. and M.S. in Environmental & Resources with a concentration in atmospheric science at Stanford, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy at Colorado College.
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