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Energy Equity and Justice: A Conversation with the Greenlining Institute and Climate Resilient Communities

May 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy and The Haas Center for Public Service
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Join us for a panel discussion on community-centered approaches to energy access in the Bay Area with Leslie Aguayo, Environmental Equity Program Manager at Greenlining, and Violet Saena, Director of Climate Resilient Communities.

Leslie Aguayo is an urban planner and advocate with experience in poverty alleviation, asset building, affordable housing, equitable transportation, and community outreach. As Environmental Equity Program Manager, she leads Greenlining’s transportation equity work – advocating to increase racial equity in transportation planning and investments, implementing the Charge Ahead California Initiative (a law that works to make electric vehicles accessible to low- and moderate-income Californians), and advocating for equitable EV charging infrastructure investments. Leslie holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Urban Studies from the University of California, Irvine.

Violet Wulf-Saena has served as an international climate change expert for over 10 years, being sought after to work with various groups in a wide range of Less Developed Countries (LDCs) to protect their communities from the impacts of climate change. Violet’s dedication to elevating community leadership and response to environmental justice is rooted in her lived experiences in the South Pacific. She works in partnership with the government sector, research institutions, and community-based organizations to build community capacity to respond to climate change and sea-level rise. While completing her Master’s degree at Duke University, Violet began working with Acterra, building collaboration and partnerships with disadvantaged communities to build understanding to take action in responding to vulnerabilities of climate change and sea-level rise.  Violet is the Executive Director and Founder for Climate Resilient Communities.

Moderated by members of the Stanford Energy Club and Engineers for a Sustainable World; Hosted by Explore Energy at the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Issue Area Program at the Haas Center for Public Service.