Public Health and Our Ports: The Road to Clean Air

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Rutgers Law School
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

The New York/New Jersey port industry includes the largest seaport on the East Coast, which has been estimated to generate over $80 billion in annual economic activity.

This “economic engine” is powered by thousands of diesel engines found in the trucks, trains, cargo handling equipment, and vessels that emit air pollution that has been linked to asthma, heart disease, cancer, and other adverse health effects. 

While these emissions affect the entire region, the effects are felt disproportionately among the urban poor and people of color living in port-adjacent communities. 

This conference, co-hosted by Clean Water Action and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, its NIEHS Center for Environmental Exposure and Disease, and the Rutgers School of Public Health, will bring together stakeholders from port-affected communities, environmental health scientists, engineers, regulators, the port industry, and elected officials to seek solutions to resolve this long-standing environmental health issue.

The overall goal of the conference will be to educate the greater community and articulate solutions that improve the health and well-being in affected communities. Your attendance at the symposium will provide a much-needed and welcome perspective.

In addition to being one of the event co-sponsors and port tour guides, Clean Water Action will have presenters on several afternoon panels about technical and policy solutions that diesel Pollution at the ports and in port adjacent Environmental Justice neighborhoods. Amy Goldsmith, our NJ State Director, will be on the same panel with NJDEP Commissioner McCabe and Governor’s lead Policy Advisor’s Madeline Urbish.

Join us for a guided tour of port communities and the port!

Organizers are pleased to kick off the conference with a guided bus tour of two Newark neighborhoods, the Ironbound and the South Ward, as well as Port Newark.

Clean Water Action, The Ironbound Community Corporation, and the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance will give the tour from the community perspective. Tour goers will get a bird’s eye view of what it’s like to live in the Ironbound or the South Ward, right next to the largest port on the East Coast.  Public Health professionals from Rutgers University and Mt. Sinai will speak to the health effects of the chemicals in air emissions on people, especially children. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will accompany us into the Port and share what they are doing to “green” the Port.

Don’t miss this opportunity. In order to reserve your seat on the bus, register for the conference by Thursday, October 18th.

Register online now!