How to Build Environmental and Climate Justice into Industrial Planning

How to Build Environmental and Climate Justice into Industrial Planning
Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Overburdened communities continue to bear the brunt of impacts related to a changing climate. These communities experience cumulative effects on their health and livelihoods that compound over time. Climate justice and environmental justice are intertwined and integral to enterprise-wide planning for industrial operations and building trust within communities. From manufacturing to construction, it is crucial that harder-to-abate industries incorporate climate justice across their operations to help ensure a sustainable and equitable future.
Please join Tanya C. Nesbitt (Moderator-Thompson Hine) Chris Whitehead (ESI), Sunny Fleming (ESRI), and Christian Braneon (Carbon Direct) for this informative event as we define climate justice and environmental justice, discuss potential framework approaches, walk through a few case studies to show the importance of mapping community impacts, and plot a path forward to minimize the risk of those impacts.
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Chris Whitehead, QEP, CESM, Air Practice Leader, Enviro Sciences, Inc.

Chris is a recognized leader in the field of cumulative impacts analysis who regularly collaborates with industry leaders and community groups. He is certified in ISO14001 and has managed numerous compliance, auditing, offshore wind, GHG, CEMS, and permitting projects during his career. His specialties include Air Permit Compliance, ISO14001, Environmental Justice, Climate Risk Analysis, SPCC, Stormwater permitting, Hazardous Waste Management Planning, OCS permitting, COP submittal, Emission Controls, Title V permitting, CEMS protocols and integrations (Parts 60 and 75), Regulatory Applicability, Resiliency, Environmental Management Systems, SEO, Minor Source Permitting, NSR/PSD permitting, and Compliance Auditing.
Sunny Fleming, Industry Lead, ESRI
Sunny is Esri’s industry lead for the domains of environment and conservation. Throughout her career, she has applied GIS concepts and technology to environmental policy, conservation, and natural resources. She now helps industry leaders streamline and improve their work with GIS technology, whether in the field or in the office, and whether setting policy or managing wildlife and resources. She advocates on behalf of the environmental community across the wide variety of topics, collaborating with our users and my colleagues, and sharing stories of success that leverage Esri's powerful geospatial infrastructure.
Dr. Christian Braneon, Head of Climate Justice, Carbon Direct
Dr. Braneon brings a broad range of experience in climate science and civil engineering as well as environmental and climate justice to Carbon Direct. He co-leads the Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, serves as Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and sits on the newly formed Center for Climate Solutions’ Advisory Committee, which was established to further New York City’s efforts to respond to the climate crisis.
Prior to joining Carbon Direct, Dr. Braneon served as a climate scientist in the Climate Impacts Group of NASA GISS and as Co-Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural Environmental Justice Academy for community leaders.
Moderator:  Tanya Nesbitt, Litigator and Partner, Thompson Hine
Tanya Nesbitt is a litigator and partner in Thompson Hine’s Environmental and Product Liability Litigation groups and is the co-leader of the firm’s Greenwashing Defense and Litigation Group. She routinely helps companies navigate regulatory and litigation risks associated with greenwashing and environmental justice. Ms. Nesbitt’s environmental practice also includes defending highly regulated businesses in enforcement actions and litigation related to the CWA, CERCLA, TSCA and NEPA. Before joining Thompson Hine, Ms. Nesbitt served as a Trial Attorney in the Environment & Natural Resources Division, Natural Resources Section at the Department of Justice, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia.