2nd Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference

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Enter the Essay or Poster Contest for the 2nd Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference

Kent State University East Liverpool Campus
400 East Fourth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio
Saturday, April 21, 2007

Prizes of $125.00, $100.00, and $75.00 for merchandise from the East Liverpool Campus Bookstore will be awarded for the top three entries in each category! Essays must be read during paper sessions.

Posters and essays should present a detailed and accurate presentation of an environmental social justice issue. Posters should be presented on tri-fold easel board that will stand alone on tables.  Three dimensional displays can accompany posters. 

Essays should be eight pages double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 pt. font. Essays should discuss a social justice environmental issue or literature about such issues. 
For more information, contact jstewar7@kent.edu or lstewar6@kent.edu 

Essays are due at the East Liverpool Campus for judging no later than Friday, April 13th. Posters are due and will be judged the day of the conference.

The conference is free, but reservations and payments are necessary for lunch This student-organized conference is sponsored by the Evolution, Ecology and Society Class, Honors Independent Projects, and the KSUEL English Department and is funded through the Office of the Dean, KSU East Liverpool and by the Kent State University Regional Campus Office.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND REGISTRATION Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference April 21, 2007

  • 8:45             Paper Sessions
  • 10 a.m.       Julia “Judy” Bonds & Patty Sebok: Coal Mountain River Watch 
    Julia Bonds, a coal miner’s daughter, won the Goldman Prize for grass roots environmental activism in April, 2003. Patty Sebok, a miner’s wife, testified before the legislature about abuses in the coal fields. Both represent Coal River Mountain Watch, a group that opposes mountaintop removal and abuses in the coalfields. Bonds and Sebok will show the film, Black Diamonds as a part of their presentation.
  • Noon          Lunch and Poster Presentations
  • 1:30 p.m.    Sean Logan: Director Ohio Department of Natural Resources
    A former state legislator and county commissioner, Sean Logan now heads the ODNR. He serves on the Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River Advisory Board and the Great Lakes Commission Board of Directors.
  • 2:45 p.m.    Jenny Baeseman, Ph.D.: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists: Global Warming Messenger.
    Dr. Jenny Baeseman is connected with a network of other scientists interested in international and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has received training from former Vice President Al Gore’s Global Warming project. Dr. Baeseman teaches in the Biology Department at Kent State University’s Kent Campus.
  • 4 p.m.         Paper Sessions

Earth friendly products, CDs by environmental groups and groups representing earth friendly services will be available.


  • Maintaining a Sustainable Community
  • Grass roots organizing
  • Effects of pollution on living organisms
  • Issues in Waste Disposal
  • Water Quality
  • Workplace Safety
  • Air Quality
  • Marketing/Packaging
  • Grandfathering of Asbestos
  • Heavy Metal Exposure
  • Alternative Energy
  • Employment Related Exposures
  • Ecojustice or environmental concerns in literature
  • Effects of pollution on families and relationships
  • Aspects of Global Warming
  • Alternative Fuels

Proposals accepted for panels, papers or presentations, and a poster session. (Attendees need not submit a proposal.)

Send Papers by April 13, 2007; Proposals for Posters by April 13, Posters due day of Conference to:

Environmental Conference, Kent State University East Liverpool Campus, 400 East Fourth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920 or email to lstew6@kent.edu or pswartz@kent.edu

Registration required for continental breakfast & lunch. (Registration free; $8.50 fee for meals)

Registration Deadline (for food): April 12, 2007