Local Environmental Action, Led by Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and Toxics Action Center, April 27, Worcester, MA

  • 27 April 2019
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 12:00 AM
  • Event Host : Toxics Action Center
  • Event Location : Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street Worcester, Worcester, MA, 06102, United States
Local Environmental Action
Event Description

Bringing together community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead, this will be 32nd annual Local Environmental Action conference! 

Local Environmental Action is a one-day conference that brings together hundreds of activists from across the region to learn, connect and be inspired. Community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from come together to build skills, discuss new ideas, and get ready for the work ahead.

Learn more and register at

We are proud to co-host Local Environmental Action with our partners at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. Stay tuned for details.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Toxics Action Center
  • Agenda
    • -9:00 am Registration
      -10:00 am Workshops (10 options)
      -11:30 am Welcome & Keynote: Sandra Steingraber
      -1:00 pm Lunch
      -2:20 pm Workshops (9 options)
      -4:00 pm Awards
      -4:30 pm Celebration

      There 16 workshops at Local Environmental Action 2019.

      Morning SessionsDigital

      -Organizing to Recruit Your People and Build Your Power
      -Stopping the Bad, Creating the New: Local Solutions for a Just Transition
      -Healthy Conflict: The Key to Good Groups and Winning Campaigns!
      -Stories, Successes and Skills: Environmental Justice in Zero Waste Solutions
      -Organizing Your Community 101
      -Sealing the Green New Deal
      -Transportation and TCI
      -Making Buildings Better for Everyone
      -Electrify Everything
      -Big Risks, Big Rewards: Community Success Stories

      Afternoon Sessions
      -Building a Unified Climate Justice Movement
      -"No Law, No Enforcement": Codifying Change with Att. Cynthia Jennings
      -Organizing Your Community 101
      -Sealing the Green New Deal
      -Climate Action Plans: Getting from a List to Action
      -Beyond Reform: Beyond Bars and Borders
      -Building Effective Relationships with Your Local Officials
      -Money for the Movement: Getting Started with Grant Applications
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • 2019 Keynote Speaker:

      Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

      Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted for the screen in 2010. As both book and documentary film, Living Downstream has won praise from international media.

      Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s books, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, explore the intimate ecology of pregnancy and reveal the ways which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant and child development. Throughout, she calls parents and cancer patients alike to political action.

      Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer, including, in 2011, a Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations. Steingraber has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, a Person of the Year by Treehugger, and one of 25 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. She is the recipient of the biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award and the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer.” Steingraber received a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles. She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists.
  • Event type
    • Conference/Expo

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