Environmental Justice: A Community Perspective

An Environmental Justice Initiative Lecture Series by Robin Cannon, Co-founder and President of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles and Carl Maida, Professor, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Environmental Justice: A Community Perspective

Thursday, May 16, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Improving communities in large cities is a complex process that often requires expert knowledge. As such, professional groups remain the principal stakeholders and ordinary citizens have little say in matters relating to property, land use and construction of infrastructure systems within their city. Our two speakers will talk about their experience in engaging and benefiting local people in community improvement.

Dr. Maida’s talk will examine Pacoima’s Targeted Neighborhood Initiative, which incorporated both public and private sector resources to develop, implement, and sustain public improvements and ensured that the local community was fully mobilized and invested in the effort.  Robin Cannon, President of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles will also highlight the importance of civic engagement as she discusses her work in neighborhood projects that combined cleaning up and protecting the South Central Los Angeles environment with providing skills and job training for the community.  She will also talk about how she helped establish the Community Scholars program, which connects UCLA graduate students to inner-city community organizations.

About the Speakers

Robin Cannon is the co-founder and president of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles (CCSCLA), a grassroots organization, founded in 1985 to oppose the building of a municipal waste incinerator in her community, as well as, to address other environmental, social, and economic problems impacting the South Central community.

Carl Maida is a professor of public health at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a member of the faculty at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. His expertise includes community-based research on natural hazards, community toxics, environmental disease, and urban populations. He has conducted studies on sustainable development as a local practice, worldwide; and on the impact of natural disaster on children, adolescents, and their families, and persons living with HIV.

Organizing Sponsors: UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Bunche Center for African American Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center.

Environmental Justice Initiative Co-sponsors and Lecture Hosts: UCLA's American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Institute of American Cultures, Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Library.

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