Vernice Miller-Travis: Recapturing the Momentum for Environmental Justice

Professional Planning Colloquium

Vernice Miller-Travis is the executive director of the Environmental Support Center in Washington, D.C. The Environmental Support Center's mission is to promote the quality of the natural environment, human health, and community sustainability by increasing the organizational effectiveness of regional, state and local organizations working on environmental issues and for environmental justice. Previously, Miller-Travis was with Groundwork USA, a network of nonprofit environmental organizations that help communities use their assets to eliminate environmental poverty and become vibrant, healthier, and safer places to live. As a program officer of the Ford Foundation, she launched their environmental justice portfolio for grant making in the United States. She has served as the director of the Environmental Justice Initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Miller-Travis also served on the EPA's All Appropriate Inquiry Federal Advisory Committee, which wrote the statutory language for the "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Redevelopment Act" passed by Congress in 2002. She is a cofounder of West Harlem Environmental Action, a 20-year-old community-based environmental justice organization in New York City and she is a founding member of The National Black Environmental Justice Network.

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