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Heather McTeer Toney is an American lawyer, politician, and environmental activist and served as the first African-American and female mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, Toney was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region. And since then she’s continued her work, first leading the Moms Clean Air Force and currently serving as an environmental justice liaison for Environmental Defense Fund.
Toney has been a tireless advocate for underserved communities and has pushed to hold polluters accountable for the damage they cause vulnerable population groups. She’s also a proponent of using the Civil Rights Act to better protect low-income and communities of color from pollution and climate change.
Check out our interview with Heather about how environmental justice can be addressed while our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week we sat down with Congressman Ted Lieu who represents California’s 33rd Congressional district. His district also happens to be one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the nation where wildfires, extreme heat, and sea-level rise are creating conditions that necessitate comprehensive climate action from the federal government. More specifically, the Congressman told us […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the nation moves past President Biden’s first 100 days, hopes are that the green energy future can begin to take shape more tangibly. Yet despite the green jobs promises of the American Jobs Plan, some communities still feel cut off from the new green economy. For Indigenous communities, a […]
by Jason Walsh Late last month, President Biden unveiled the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, aiming to provide much-needed investments in our schools, roads, drinking-water infrastructure, broadband access, electric grid, the care economy, and more. But what comes next is critically important for the long-term recovery of our nation and the nearly 10 million people […]
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