NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Key Topics: Climate justice, NYC-EJA’s agenda addressing environmental justice issues in NYC, EJ and solid waste, energy and brownfields policies, EJ & PlaNYC 2030, EJ & politics/policy-making broadly, NYC-EJA’s Waterfront Justice Project’s research on potential hazardous exposures in industrial waterfront neighborhoods in the event of severe weather, Opportunities & challenges affecting the planning/implementation of recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy in NYC, Sandy Regional Assembly Recovery Agenda and its analysis of official recovery efforts and recommendations to government task forces.
Bio: Eddie Bautista is the Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations advocating for the empowerment and just treatment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. Previously, Eddie served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs – where he spearheaded efforts to pass several landmark laws, including NYC’s 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan – and Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he organized coalitions blocking the siting of polluting infrastructure in overburdened communities, while revising public waste and energy policies.
An award winning urban planner and community organizer, Eddie has been interviewed by local and national media outlets. Several books feature Eddie’s work, including The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, by Roberta Brandes Gratz (2010); Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, by Julie Sze (2006), and We Won’t Move: Community Planning in “The Real Estate Capital of the World” by Tom Angotti (2008).
Eddie is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development.