Update on the SW PA Water Leadership Incubator Program
We are at the two-thirds mark of this inaugural program and continue to meet every two weeks with this dynamic group of professionals working on water related issues.
Topics covered to date have included collaborative leadership; effective communications, including active listening and story telling; and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
On this last topic, last Wednesday February 17, we were delighted to be joined by three inspiring professionals who generously shared their expertise around environmental justice, from the perspectives of government and grassroot organizing; Allison Acevedo, Director of PA DEP's Office of Environmental Justice, Sarah Martik, Campaign Manager for the Center for Coalfield Justice, and Briann Moye, Coalition Coordinator for the PA Climate Equity Table.
Their presentations sparked a lively conversation wherein cohort members and presenters alike shared their professional and personal experiences with EJ issues. Session attendees took the opportunity to brainstorm strategies for how best to further EJ efforts in SW PA and beyond, coming up with ideas ranging from finding tangible entry points for EJ within their every day work, to creating inclusive and just outreach efforts to amplify the voices of historically marginalized communities in environmental decision-making. Cohort members committed to some collective exploration around some very progressive EJ legislative and policy work being undertaken in New Jersey.