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September 1, 2001
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Indiana University Northwest Hosts Environmental Justice Conference

The Environmental Task Force at Indiana University Northwest will host a conference, Environmental Justice in the Calumet Region, Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at IU Northwestís Raintree Hall.  

The presentation will feature Charles Lee, author of the landmark study Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. Featured topics include the disproportionate impact on communities of color, the perceived conflict between jobs and the environment, negative health effects, and the connection between economic, environmental, and social justice. Workshops on health, air pollution, transportation and jobs in the environment will also be offered. 

In addition to discussion and workshops, the conference will explore ways to build a partnership around protecting residentsí health, providing good jobs, and building a just and reasonable regional economy. 

Environmental Justice in the Calumet Region is sponsored by Indiana University Northwest Environmental Justice Partnership, the Diversity Working Group at IU Northwest, and the Calumet Project.  The conference is free of charge with lunch provided.  For more information, call (219) 845-5008 ext. 223.    

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