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Kentuckians have made it clear that we want an energy future that supports jobs, health, equity and climate – and we have great ideas for how to bring that about. The Empower Kentucky Summit will be largest gathering ever of a diverse set of Kentuckians figuring out what it will take to bring about Kentucky’s Bright Energy Future. 

For the past year we’ve been listening to the ideas, hopes and needs of Kentuckians, learning from what other states have done, and tapping into technological and economic expertise to put together a draft plan for what’s possible, what it will take and why it matters for Kentucky to make a just transition to a clean energy economy 

If you’re interested in being part of a well-informed, creative, visionary, justice-oriented conversation about building the agenda for Kentucky’s energy future, join us September 30 – October 1 in Louisville.

Click here to register to attend! 

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Saturday, October 1 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Prioritizing health and racial and economic justice within our energy system

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Across the US, low-income and people of color communities face the greatest exposure to air and water pollution that is harmful to health. A shift to cleaner energy sources can generate significant improvements in the health of Kentuckians, including lower rates of premature death, asthma, lung cancer, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). However, it’s not inevitable that those benefits will occur in the most affected communities. In fact, if we aren’t intentional, the Clean Power Plan could make pollution worse for some communities. In this workshop, we’ll explore how and why various organizations are working to prioritize health and economic and racial justice as local, state and national decisions are made about our energy transition. Together we’ll consider what’s needed and what could help to ensure that efforts to prevent harm to our climate also protect the health of communities most affected by pollution.  

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Beverly May

member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Beverly May is a nurse from Floyd Co who has been a KFTC member for 34 years. In recent years she has been active in campaigns to end mountaintop removal mining and build mountain economies through sustainable agriculture. She is currently pursuing a DrPH in epidemiology at UK. Her... Read More →

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Eboni Cochran

community leader, REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion)
Eboni Neal Cochran is a resident of the Chickasaw area, one of several neighborhoods adjacent to a cluster of chemical facilities commonly referred to as Rubbertown. She is a member of REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion) an all volunteer grassroots organization of residents living... Read More →
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Laura Greenfield

member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Laura graduated in May from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Geography. Both in and out of school, Laura has worked to utilize and understand geospatial technology as a tool, one of many, with the capability to support environmental and social justice work. Her past projects... Read More →
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Jacqueline Patterson

Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP
Currently the Senior Director of NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, the National Black Workers Center, The River Network, and Center for Story Based Strategy and the Center for... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #1 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage