We are in a moment of national accountability on racism. This seminar will reflect on what this means for those working in the environmental field. Shalini Gupta will reflect on the experiences and frameworks that have guided her to understand and re-imagine environmental policy toward an intentional centering of environmental justice. Shalini’s policy career has spanned working on air pollution issues with the Department of Energy, as a policy researcher and advocate for Minnesota state-level climate and renewable energy policies, and as an advisor on climate and environmental justice for philanthropic institutions, community-based organizations, and municipalities across the country (including the City of Minneapolis). She will share her perspective on the future of environmental policy, grounded in justice, and long term sustainability.
Shalini Gupta is a writer, researcher and environmental justice activist. Shalini has been involved with energy, climate and environmental policy, with a focus on building frontline community capacity, for the past 20 years. Her work is centered on solutions to our ecological crises that are grounded in people and place; and our economic and social histories. Through her consultancy work, Shalini works with a range of philanthropic, governmental and community-based organizations across the country. In addition to being the co-facilitator to the City of Minneapolis appointed Southside Green Zone Council, her recent clients include the Health & Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), Surdna Foundation, National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C., and work with the Providence, RI Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in creating their landmark municipal Climate Justice Plan. Learn more about Shalini by visiting her website.