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Posted on: October 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] GREENWICH SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SPEAKER SERIES 2023 WASTE INJUSTICE: IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 9, 2023)

GREENWICH SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SPEAKER SERIES 2023

WASTE INJUSTICE: IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS

As part of the 2023 Speaker Series, the Greenwich Sustainability Committee (GSC), in partnership with Waste Free Greenwich, will host “Waste Injustice: Impacts and Solutions” on Tuesday, October 24 at 1:00-2:30 pm at the Second Congregational Church chapel.

“Waste Injustice: Impacts and Solutions” will feature presentations by Dr. Courtney Williams, Co-Founder of Westchester Alliance for Sustainable Solutions (WASS) and Kevin Budris, Advocacy Director at Just Zero. Panelists will explore the effects of waste management practices and policies in Greenwich and across our state and advocate for solutions to address Connecticut’s waste crisis and to reduce environmental impacts and the burden on low-income populations and communities of color.

The event will explore the impacts of our waste management system from the perspective of cancer researcher and public health advocate, Dr. Courtney Williams, a Peekskill, New York resident who lives less than a mile from the aging WinWaste Westchester incinerator where the majority of Greenwich’s waste is burned. She will share the consequences of toxic emissions from the incinerator and other polluting industries on the citizens of Peekskill, an environmental justice community. Dr. Williams will also discuss her fight to make the incinerator obsolete and WASS’s work to advance alternative strategies.

Kevin Budris will discuss his work as a lawyer and advocate at Just Zero, promoting sustainable methods of waste diversion. He works alongside communities, policy makers, scientists, educators and others to implement just and equitable solutions and will demonstrate how Greenwich and other communities can “redesign, reuse, divert, and compost” their way to a more sustainable future.

The conversation will be introduced by Selectperson Janet Stone McGuigan, co-chair of the GSC. Julie DesChamps, founder and chair of Waste Free Greenwich and the Waste Reduction Sector co-chair, will offer a welcome. A Q&A will follow the speaker

presentations. GSC Speaker Series is organized by Kim Gregory, Community

Engagement chair.

For more information, view the full invitation here, or to RSVP, email Kim Gregory at

staglanefarm@yahoo,com.

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