Louisiana Green Commission

Joel Tickner, Sc.D.
Dr. Joel Tickner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also a Principal Investigator at the Lowell Center For Sustainable Production. His training is in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, and pollution prevention. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad during the past ten years. He was co-coordinator of the Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary Principle, co-editor of the book Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle and editor of the book Precaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy. He has lectured, spoken at conferences, and published for several years on the topics of pollution prevention, risk assessment, toxic chemicals policy, and uncertainty and the precautionary principle. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell and for three years was an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow.

 

Nathalie Walker, Co-Director & Attorney - Advocates For Environmental Human Rights
Nathalie Walker is an attorney who has provided legal counsel and advocacy support for the last fifteen years to communities struggling for environmental justice. Currently, Ms. Walker is the co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR), a public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana that she co-founded with attorney Monique Harden in 2002. AEHR provides innovative human and civil rights based litigation and a broad range of public advocacy to redress governmental and corporate practices worldwide that degrade the environment and jeopardize the health of communities.

In an historic case filed against Louisianan Energy Services (LES) that spanned the course of nine years, Ms. Walker set a national environmental justice precedent while representing two African American communities in northern Louisiana -- Forest Grove and Center Springs. CANT was fighting a proposal by an international consortium of nuclear energy producers (LES) that planned to build the country?s first uranium enrichment plant between Forest Grove and Center Springs. (The enrichment of uranium is one of the steps involved in making fuel for nuclear power plants.) The facility would have produced and stored a mountain of over 100,000 tons of toxic, radioactive waste on site, in the middle of the two communities. Ultimately, the Board issued a 90-page written decision denying a license to LES based on environmental justice grounds, the first time in its history that the NRC has ever denied a license to an applicant. LES's appeal of the case failed. Ms. Walker was a charter member and served for several years on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and papers on environmental justice issues. Her environmental justice advocacy has been featured in several books, documentaries, and newspaper articles, including: J. Timmons Roberts & Melissa M. Toffolon-Weiss, Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline (Cambridge University Press) 2001; Wesley J. Smith, Fighting for Public Justice: Cases and Trial Lawyers that Made a Difference (TLPJ Foundation) 2001; Marc Mowrey and Tim Redmond; Roberto Suro, Pollution-Weary Minorities Try Civil Rights Tack, The New York Times, January 11, 1993; and U.S. to Weigh Blacks? Complaints About Pollution, The New York Times, Nov. 19, 1993.

 

Bill Walsh, J.D.
Bill Walsh has coordinated the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. For the preceding 10 years, Bill held various positions with the international environmental organization, Greenpeace. His responsibilities included coordinating the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA. Prior to that, Bill held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.

 

Donele Wilkins, Executive Director Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ)
Donele Wilkins has over two decades of experience in occupational and environmental health as an educator, consultant, trainer, administrator and advocate. In 1994, she co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, a non- profit organization addressing urban environmental issues in the City of Detroit. Ms. Wilkins is sought after as a public speaker addressing local and national audiences on topics of sustainable development, environmental justice, and occupational and environmental health advocacy.