2004 Dean's Award from
Columbia Mailman School

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Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Contact: Christopher Greaves, Communications Director, (212) 961-1000, ext. 304 or Chris@weact.org

Peggy M. Shepard Receives 2004 Deanís Award from Columbia Mailman School

In recognition of her leadership and commitment to promoting environmental justice for the children, youth, and families of Northern Manhattan, Ms. Shepard, executive director and co-founder of West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT), will receive the Deanís Distinguished Service Award from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Since its inception in 1988, Shepard has guided WE ACT to become a nationally recognized organization in the field of community-based participatory research. Partnering with the Mailman School and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Shepard has led the way in fostering cooperation between researchers, clinicians, and the community on environmental health education and outreach. Ms. Shepardís pioneering work in environmental justiceóa movement which seeks redress for the heavy share of environmental burdens borne by communities of colorógarnered the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment last December.

WE ACT's mission is to inform, educate, train and mobilize the predominately African-American and Latino residents of Northern Manhattan to confront issues that impact their quality of lifeóair, water and indoor pollution, toxins, land use and open space, waterfront development and usage, sanitation, transportation, historic preservation, regulatory enforcement, and citizen participation in public policy making.

WHEN and WHERE:


Wednesday, May 19, 2004
1:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Garden on Columbia Universityís Medical Center campus
Enter on Fort Washington Ave. between West 165th and 168th Streets

Reception immediately following at the Armory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington Ave., 3rd Floor (between West 168th and 169th Streets)

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