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Lilian Sotolongo Dorka

Lilian Sotolongo Dorka

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Civil Rights, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, EPA

In September 2022, Lilian became the first ever Deputy Assistant Administrator for External Civil Rights in EPA’s new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR). This new national office is charged with advancing environmental justice and civil rights. Prior to this new position, Lilian served as the Director of EPA’s External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO), within the Office of General Counsel. Prior to coming to EPA, Lilian worked for the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for 27 years, serving most recently as the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

All Sessions by Lilian Sotolongo Dorka

Day 5 – April 19 April 19, 2023
8:45 am - 9:45 am

Environmental Justice and Community Impact

Karl F. Dean Ballroom: Level 4

Track: Federal, State, and Local Issues 🛈Topics may include zoning; public relations; lobbying local elected officials; local partnerships and; governmental relations; advocacy; local partnership and community collaborations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. In 1992, EPA established an environmental justice office, and two years later President Clinton issued an executive order for all federal government agencies to consider environmental justice in their decisions. The current administration has placed further emphasis on federal agencies to include environmental justice principles in decision-making and many states are doing the same. As EPA and the states seek to engage more with communities on environmental justice-related issues, it is important for ISRI members to proactively participate in discussions that help avoid unintended consequences. This session will provide insight on how to engage at the local, state, and federal levels using thoughtful, transparent, and positive approaches that will result in win-win solutions.