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The Award Was Presented by the Environmental Defense Fund for Work As An Environmental Justice Champion
(Black PR Wire) Washington, D.C. — Demonstrating national leadership in the environmental justice movement through advocacy and policy-setting, Dana Johnson, Senior Director of Strategy and Federal Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, received The Green Room Award during the Vestige Strategies 10th Annual Green Room Reception at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Week.
This event recognizes Champions of Color who push for environmental justice within Congress and the Administration. Johnson, who was nominated by and received the award from the Environmental Defense Fund, has been a leading voice in shaping a national environmental justice agenda and narrative in the areas of clean air, healthy homes, water quality, energy democracy and transportation standards since joining WE ACT in 2019.
“Our organization was founded more than 30 years ago to address the environmental racism that stifles and burdens communities of color and areas of low income across this nation. I am honored to be recognized for my commitment to ensure that people who have suffered the most are at the forefront of combating climate change and environmental injustices,” said Johnson.
Every generation wants to be healthy, happy and safe. Unfortunately, people living in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods have not been able to fully realize this goal because of a history of harmful policy decisions that make pollution, economic instability and climate change the norm. They have paid an unconscionable price due to a variety of factors. Johnson has made it clear that this is unacceptable and leads the charge to change the narrative and create policy to protect communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.
Founded in 2012, Vestige Strategies specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies by building engagement programs for campaigns, causes and companies to move their audiences to take action. Vestige Strategies is one of the nation’s top civic and community engagement firms. Based in Washington, DC, we build engagement programs for campaigns, causes and companies to move their audiences to take action and win victories.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) hosts a week-long ‘CBCF Week’ after two years of COVID-19. Thousands of attendees participated in panels and receptions hosted by CBCF members, businesses, and organizations. During CBCF week, policy discussions focus on various issues impacting Black communities. CBCF’s mission is to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan membership-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in creating sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Visit us at weact.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.