|Council to Vote on Gordon Committee Nomination||Port Appointment Would Be Historic|
The Oakland City Council will vote next week whether to confirm Margaret Gordon to the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners. If confirmed, Gordon would be the first community health expert to sit on the Commission.
Mayor Ron Dellums nominated Gordon for her expertise and experience in West Oakland community health issues, and the Port of Oakland in particular. Gordon is the West Oakland Environmental Indicator’s Project co-founder and co-coordinator and a contributing author of a report on the health impacts of freight transport.
“Margaret’s Port expertise is not currently represented on the Commission,” said Institute Program Director Swati Prakash. “Her confirmation will help the Port grow its profits in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”
For more information, or to send letters of support, please contact Swati Prakash.
On September 6, Swati Prakash spoke on the “Community-Based Participatory Research” panel at the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice and Air Pollution Workshop: Best Practices in Collaboration, Tools, and Resources. This national workshop is designed to highlight best practices in collaborative approaches to reducing ambient air pollution in disproportionately burdened communities. For more information, contact the Institute.
Community leaders gathered on August 15 to select the neighborhood indicators the community will use to measure the progress of air quality, parks and public space, and other key issues. For more information, contact us.
At an August 29 International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) board meeting, Jason Morrison presented the findings and recommendations of a paper IFAT commissioned entitled, “Assessment of the Pros and Cons of an ISO Standard on Fair/Ethical Trade.” For more information, contact the Institute.