Agenda

Saturday, October 22nd

7:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M Registration/Hosted Breakfast
8:15 A.M. - 8:35 A.M. Welcoming Remarks
  • Luis Olmedo, Executive Director, Comite Civico del Valle
  • Master of Ceremonies George A. Nava, Council Member, City of Brawley
Morning Speakers
8:40 A.M. - 9:00 A.M

Alejandro Dávila Fragoso, Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress

9:00 A.M. - 9:20 A.M

Martha Guzman-Aceves, Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr

Morning Plenary
9:25 A.M. - 10:25 A.M Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, Comité Civico Del Valle & San Diego State University (IBACH)
Effective Partnerships for Innovative Collaborative Asthma Intervention
  • Esther Bejarano, Health Programs and Promotores de Salud Manager, Comite Civico Del Valle
  • Luis Miquirray, Research Assistant, San Diego State University
  • Onyx Bazulto, Community Health Worker, Respira Sano Project
  • Leticia Ibarra, Program Manager, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
  • Israel Cruz, Communications Coordinator, Comite Civico Del Valle
Moderator

Lori Copan Chief , Community Participation , Education and Evaluation

CDPH-Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control

Environmental Health Investigations Branch

10:25 A.M - 11:40 A.M.
Morning Workshop
10:40 A.M - 11:40 A.M.
Workshop A (Room 69) Is it asthma? How to diagnose and treat asthma to help children lead active, healthy lives.
This workshop will review the National Asthma Education & Prevention Program guidelines for diagnosing and managing asthma. It will describe the steps and tools doctors and other health care providers can use to identify asthma severity and control and then determine the best course of treatment for children. The workshop also aims to improve health care provider and family awareness of communication techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families.
  • Dr. Saima Khan, Pediatrician & Associate Medical Director, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Moderator

Leticia Ibarra, Program Manager, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo


Workshop B (Room 70) Climate Investments

California Climate Investments are funded by the Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. The State’s portion of the proceeds is deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and appropriated by the Governor and the Legislature to agencies for investing in projects that facilitate achievement of greenhouse gas emission reductions, benefit disadvantaged communities, and further the purposes of Assembly Bill 32. This workshop will provide the audience with a basic understanding of the climate investment program and will highlight how the “Low Carbon Transportation” and “Low-income Weatherization” investments are benefiting disadvantaged communities.

  • Charanya Varadarajan, Manager, Climate Investments Implementation, California Air Resources Board
  • Ambreen Afshan, Disadvantaged Communities Liaison for Low Carbon Transportation Investments, California Air Resources Board
  • Glen Baird, Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) Project Manager, Department of Community Services and Development
Moderator

Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce, Interim Dean of Imperial Valley Campus, San Diego State University


Workshop C (Room 71)

Transportation: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (EPA) and Climate Change Scoping Plan (ARB)

Advancing Clean Transportation Through Community Engagement

California Air Quality Regulators and political leaders at the state level assert that Climate Change poses an immediate and growing threat to California's economy, environment and to public health. California is taking aggressive steps to curtail the emission of climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop gives community members an opportunity to give input or comments on clean diesel as a clean air alternative and efforts that contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the vehicle and fuel technology sectors to lessen the impacts of climate change.

  • Francisco Doñez, Air Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
  • Trish Johnson, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Mark Baza, Executive Director, Imperial County Transportation Commission
Moderator

Stephanie Lucero, Lead Mediator, Center for Collaborative Policy


Workshop D (Room 72) IVAN Community Air Monitoring (Citizen Science)
Community Science Connecting Knowledge with Social Change

Since 2010, the Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods (IVAN) model has expanded to seven other locations in California, most notably the Imperial Valley, where it is striving for more transparent and civic engagement in addressing environmental hazards in disadvantaged communities. IVAN is a community-based monitoring system used to oversee, report, and solve environmental problems, as well as monitor community air quality levels. This workshop will discuss the existing and future direction of the IVAN model, including the launch of the IVAN Air Monitoring system, which is a network of 40 air monitors located throughout the Imperial County, and opportunities to get involved with the CalEPA Small Grant-IVAN community development project. The workshop will also have an open dialogue about the IVAN model that is open to all those interested in launching their own version of IVAN, or discussing the best practices of the IVAN model in the community.

  • Michelle Wong, Health Communications Director, California Environmental Health Tracking Program
  • Kristian Salgado, Humboldt State Graduate Student
  • John Hernandez, Director of Our Roots Multicultural Center
Moderator

Humberto Lugo, IVAN Air Monitoring Coordinator, IVAN Statewide Network


Workshop E (Room 73) Salton Sea: Why Is It Drying and What's The Plan

The Salton Sea is an inland body of water that has been used an an agricultural sump for more than a century, the dust also contains pesticides, and industrial discharge and concerns of potentially toxic heavy metals like arsenic. Imperial County already has a serious air pollution problem, currently has the highest asthma hospitalization rates in the state! This workshop will provide insight on the public health threat the sea poses on human health and what are the plans to reduce exposures.

  • Shohreh Farzan PhD, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine University of Southern California
  • Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary, Salton Sea Policy, California’s Natural Resources Agency
  • Antonio Ortega , Government Affairs & Communications, Imperial Irrigation District
  • Israel Cruz, Communications Coordinator, Comite Civico Del Valle
Moderator

Amanda Ford , Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

11:40 A.M. - 12:55 P.M.
Hosted Lunch
Guest Speakers:
  • Jose Flores , Brawley Union High School Civics Teacher , California Department of Education Instructional Quality Commissioner
  • Brenda Lopez, Southwest High School, LEAP Club
  • Exihibit and Entertainment
  • Donald “Donnie” L. Wharton, Mayor, City of Brawley
  • Rozlynn Martinez, Brawley High School Civics
  • Ana Mascareñas, Assistant Director for Environmental Justice, Department of Toxic Substance Control
  • Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia 56th District
Exihibit and Entertainment
Afternoon Speakers
12:55 P.M - 1:15 P.M.

Dean Florez, Board Member, California Air Resources Board

Afternoon Plenary
1:20 P.M - 2:20 P.M. Integrating Environmental Justice & Equity in California’s Climate Change Programs in Rural Border Regions
Equitable Climate Investments in Rural Border Environmental Justice Communities
  • Trish Johnson, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Ryan Atencio, Climate Investments Implementation, California Air Resources Board
  • Arsenio Mataka, Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Justice, CALEPA
  • Lauren Zeise, PhD, Acting Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Moderator

Floyd Vergara, Chief of Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board

2:20 P.M - 2:30 P.M.

Afternoon Workshops

2:30 P.M - 3:30 P.M.
Workshop A (Room 69)

Respira Sano: Know Your Triggers, Know The Symptoms, Healthy Indoor Air Quality (CCV)

Healthy Living and Eco Friendly Household Cleaners

This workshop will help participants to assess the level of asthma control, identify asthma triggers in home, assess sources of contamination in the surrounding neighborhood and identify strategies to prevent asthma episodes and increase family engagement in community advocacy efforts focused in improving the quality of life.

  • Onyx Bazulto, Community Health Worker, Respira Sano Project
  • Cassandra Castro, Community Health Worker, Respira Sano Project
  • Alejandro Vazquez, Community Health Worker, Respira Sano Project

Moderator

Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Council Member, City of El Centro


Workshop B (Room 71)

Transportation: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (EPA) and Climate Change Scoping Plan (ARB)

Advancing Clean Transportation Through Community Engagement

California Air Quality Regulators and political leaders at the state level assert that Climate Change poses an immediate and growing threat to California's economy, environment and to public health. California is taking aggressive steps to curtail the emission of climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop gives community members an opportunity to give input or comments on clean diesel as a clean air alternative and efforts that contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the vehicle and fuel technology sectors to lessen the impacts of climate change.

  • Francisco Doñez, Air Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
  • Trish Johnson, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Mark Baza, Executive Director, Imperial County Transportation Commission
Moderator

Stephanie Lucero, Lead Mediator Center for Collaborative Policy


Workshop C (Room 72)

SEPs, CARB California Air Resources Board/ Department of Toxics Substance Control

Supplemental Environmental Projects that benefit Disadvantaged Communities

This workshop will discuss updates to the SEPs Policy . A sep is an environmentally beneficial project that a person subject to an enforcement action voluntarily agrees to undertake in settlement of the action and to offset a portion of a civil penalty. Assembly Bill 1071 (2015) Eduardo Garcia requires all boards , departments and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency to establish a SEP Policy that benefits disadvantaged communities.

  • Abraham Zhan, Environmental Scientist, Department of Toxics Substance Environmental Justice
  • Jose Angel, Executive Director, Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Maria Salinas, Environmental Justice Program Manager, Cal-Recycle
  • Mark Stover, Enforcement Division Field Operations Branch, California Air Resources Board

Moderator

Jenny Quintana, Professor of Environmental Health at the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University


Workshop D (Room 73)

Salton Sea: Why Is It Drying and What's The Plan

The Salton Sea is an inland body of water that has been used as an agricultural sump for more than a century, the dust also contains pesticides, and industrial discharge and concerns of potentially toxic heavy metals like arsenic. Imperial County already has a serious air pollution problem, currently has the highest asthma hospitalization rates in the state! This workshop will provide insight on the public health threat the sea poses on public health and what are the plans to reduce exposures.

  • Shohreh Farzan PhD, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine University of Southern California
  • Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary, Salton Sea Policy, California’s Natural Resources Agency
  • Antonio Ortega, Government Affairs & Communications, Imperial Irrigation District
  • Israel Cruz, Communications Coordinator, Comite Civico Del Valle
Moderator

Amanda Ford , Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

3:30 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.
Afternoon Plenary
3:40 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Conversation with California’s Environmental Justice Movement

The principles of environmental justice call for fairness - regardless of race , color national origin or income - in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, of government and industry decisions and actions that affect communities' natural surroundings and where people live, work, play, and learn. In this workshop you will hear from leaders in the California environmental justice movement who work at the frontline of communities disproportionately impacted by pollution. For all of these organizations, they seek to lift the unfair burden of pollution off the most vulnerable, including advocating for meaningful participation and compliance with civil rights in government decision-making processes. Panelists will share how they are making changes in their communities and achieving big and small wins that are bringing about systemic changes in government and industry policies and practices.

  • Nayamin Martinez, Central California Environmental of Justice Network
  • Bradley Angel , Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
  • Mark Lopez, East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice
  • Humberto Lugo, Comite Civico Del Valle

Moderator

Victoria Lowerson PhD, Planning and Policy Dept, Researcher and Lecturer, University of California Irvine

4:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
Closing Comments (Hosted Networking)