NCDEQ Creates Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Board

NCDEQ Creates Secretary's Environmental Justice and Equity Board

On May 2, 2018, The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted a ceremony in Green Square to introduce members of the Secretary's Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board.

The Board will work with DEQ Secretary Michael Regan to ensure fair treatment and meaningful involvement of North Carolinians no matter their race, religion or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Secretary Regan tasked the Environmental Justice and Equity Board to represent the underrepresented in the protection of human health and the environment.  In his twitter feed, the Secretary stated, "Today, I proudly launched the NCDEQ Secretary’s Environmental Justice & Equity Advisory Board, helping to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of ALL North Carolinians."

The 16 members of the board are:

Dr. James Johnson, Jr. of Chapel Hill - ChairMarian Johnson-Thompson of Durham -Vice Chair
Dr. Danelle Lobdell of Chapel HillNaeema Muhammed of Rocky Mount
Jamie Cole of RaleighDr. Susan Jakes of Raleigh
Randee Haven O’Donnell of CarrboroAngela Esteva of Cary
Jeff Anstead of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, WarrentonJoseph Owle of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee
Rev. Rodney Sadler Jr. of CharlotteWilliam Barber III of Durham
Marilynn Marsh-Robinson of KnightdaleMercedes Hernández-Pelletier of Fuquay-Varina
Veronica Carter of LelandYu Yang, Ph.D., PE, PMP of Cary