There is established the Environmental Justice Task Force consisting of 12 members appointed by the Governor. The members shall be persons who are well-informed on the principles of environmental justice and who, to the greatest extent practicable, represent minority communities, low-income communities, environmental interests, industry groups and geographically diverse areas of the state. Of the 12 members, the Governor shall appoint one member of the task force from each of the commissions on Asian Affairs, Black Affairs, Hispanic Affairs and Indian Services.
Ben E. Duncan, Multnomah County Environmental Health
Jon Ostar, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Mariahm Stephenson (Beaverton) -- Resident of Washington County
Robert William Collin (Salem) Willamette University Center for Sustainable Communities
Jackie L. Johnson (Cove) -- Resident of Union County
Jennifer Coleman (Portland) Oregon Environmental Council
Julie R. Samples (Hillsboro) Oregon Law Center Farmworker Program
Commission on Black Affairs: Robin M. Collin
Commission on Hispanic Affairs: Cynthia C. Gomez
Commission on Indian Services: VACANT
Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: Joseph M. Santos-Lyons
Please note: Task Force members' affiliation is listed for identification purposes only, except for the four commission representatives
|EPA honors Oregon's Environmental Justice Task Force|
|EJTF is lauded for 'unprecedented cooperation and relationship building' |
The Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force has received a National Achievements in Environmental Justice Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for effectively implementing Oregon's environmental justice legislation (Senate Bill 420) and incorporating environmental justice considerations into state agency programs. The EJTF was one of five environmental partnerships to receive recognition. Read the full story at EPA's website.
Governor Kulongoski congratulated EJTF members for their significant accomplishments and expressed his appreciation for former Senator Avel Gordly's leadership in developing Senate Bill 420 in an announcement released by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Read DEQ's press release.
EJTF member Robin Collin offers remarks at EPA's award ceremony - Watch it on YouTube!
Videos of the award announcement and Ms. Collin's remarks are at YouTube.com/White House Environmental Justice Forum (Parts 1-4)
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement is in Part 1. Go to 0:13:48
Robin Collin's remarks are in Part 3. Go to 1:10:22