Taking Stock of the Environmental Justice Movement and its Future: National and Local Perspectives

November 19, 2021

4:00 p.m. ET

Wean Hall 3701 and via Zoom


EPP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) seminar series highlights community work, policy efforts, and cutting-edge research focused at the nexus between engineering and social justice. In short, these seminars highlight technical issues where the social details matter in practice, policy, and research.

If you have any questions please contact Lucas Valone.

Register to attend in-person or via Zoom.


Passionate about drive changing and re-writing narratives about the Black experience, Alyssa Lyon is the Director of the Black Environmental Collective. She believes that everything you do makes a difference and is guided by this belief in her work. Her experience as Sustainable Communities Director at Green Building Alliance helped her recognize the importance and necessity of amplifying marginalized voices in the sustainability sector and that environmental justice is a civil rights issue.

The Black Environmental Collective includes 100+ cross-sectoral organizations, whose mission is to advance solutions that support Black communities’ ability to combat environmental threats to quality of life, food, environment/place, and climate change. Lyon’s work ensures that through policy and issue advocacy, direct services, movement and coalition building, and region-wide education, this will be achieved.

She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s in public management from CMU’s Heinz College. She is a board member of Rebuild Together Pittsburgh, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and vice chair for InvestPGH at the Urban Redevelopment Authority. She has received many honors including Get Involved! Western PA Rising Star Award (2019), Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 honoree (2019), The Incline: Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Community Leaders & Activists (2019).

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