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7th Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World Conference

February 12, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm






Helen & William Mazer Foundation

Montclair, NJ. The Northeast Earth Coalition (NEEC) invites you to join its 2022 annual conference on February 12, 2022, one of the largest gatherings of environmental and community activists in New Jersey. This year’s conference will be virtual due to the ongoing COVID crisis. Participants can join from anywhere in the world.

Check below for a sample of some of our amazing speakers!

You will have the opportunity to virtually meet with community leaders and groups and to network about environmental issues, including local food, eco-friendly gardening, sustainable communities, alternative transportation, renewable energy, clean air and water, and climate change activism.

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm 

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Gar Alperovitz, Co-Chair, The Next System Project: The Coming Transformation of the American Political Economic System

Gar Alperovitz is a distinguished political economist and historian who lectures widely.  He is a co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of The Next System Project. He has written or co-written 11 books. The latest is Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth (2017).  He is a public intellectual who has testified before Congress, been featured in TV documentaries, has written for and been profiled by mainstream and progressive media alike.

Melissa Miles, Executive Director, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (Newark, NJ):  Environmental Justice in New Jersey

Melissa Miles is as award-winning grassroots activist and organizer living in an Environmental Justice Community in Newark, New Jersey. NJEJA was part of a coalition that worked to have the nation’s strongest law to protect overburdened communities from pollutants enacted in New Jersey (S232, 2020). She is also a member of many state, national and international environmental groups, such as the New Jersey Environmental Justice Advisory Council, responsible for advising state agencies on issues of environmental justice.

Jose AgutoExecutive Director, Catholic Climate Covenant (Washington, DC):  How Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, Inspired Sustainability and Climate Action in the United States

Jose Aguto leads policy development that helps guide the US Catholic Church’s response to climate change. A key aspect of the Covenant’s policy is to inspire action on climate change as a moral and non-partisan call. His work has contributed to bipartisan caucuses and legislation which are creating a politically viable foundation for meaningful climate action.

Amy TuiningaDirector, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ):  The Social Impact of Green Teams in Local Communities

Amy Tuininga works to create opportunities for students, faculty, and a wide range of stakeholders in corporations, non-profits, start-ups, and government organizations to address and advance environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Her approach is rooted in systems science and her experience with developing effective collaborations is based on her own research and mentoring of students.


The Northeast Earth Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt Volunteer Driven Nonprofit Organization






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