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Greenline: An Environmental Justice Dinner Series

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Abundant Life Church

3935 North Lombard Street

Portland, OR 97217

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A fundraiser for Camp ELSO Inc.

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Hosted Dinner and Drinks

Camp ELSO in partnership with Sox & Sandals podcast will host Greenline in honor of Earth Day. At the event we will interview and live stream on the Sox and Sandals podcast- two local environmental leaders of color Amira Streeter- Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor Brown and Edward Hill-urban planner and community systems designer. ​These leaders will discuss and share their perspectives on pressing environmental issues impacting communities of color and vulnerable communities in Portland and in greater Oregon, and share their personal journey to becoming environmental leaders in Oregon, and the need for environmental STEM role models from historically underrepresented communities.

Amira Streeter

Amira is a member of Governor Brown Natural Resources team where she serves as the Natural Resources Policy Advisor. Her policy portfolio includes issues regarding agriculture, air and land quality, land use, fish and wildlife, geology, sustainability and environmental justice. She has extensive experience in policy, collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment. Before working for Governor Brown, Amira has built her career in the private and non-profit sectors, having served as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, the Policy and Advocacy Director for the Urban League of Portland, and a policy analyst and legislative liaison for now-Oregon Senator Lew Frederick. She has focused on a variety of policy issues including Portland Harbor Superfund, housing, community development, public art, housing, criminal justice reform, and health equity.

She has a law degree from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a bachelor's degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College. A passionate environmentalist, Amira has held many leadership positions over the years with various environmental organizations, including the Environmental Professionals of Color, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Oregon Environmental Council.

Edward Benote Hill

Edward “Eddie” Hill is an urban planner and community systems designer with an eclectic background that ranges from soldier to journalist to artist to food systems planner. Currently serving a Program Manager and developer of the EcoDistricts Accelerator Program and concurrently as Development Manager of the Black Community Food Systems Initiative located in NE Portland, Hill brings a directness and sincerity to his work advancing environmental and social justice through food systems and economic development in vulnerable communities nationally. Starting as a small farm organic farmer in Olympia, WA, Hill quickly used his interests in addressing disparities and inequity in the food systems for People of Color to get involved and collaborate on the King County Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Healthy Foods Here project, serve as a delegate for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Fitness funded King County Food & Fitness Initiative (KCFFI), participant in the Delridge Healthy Corner Store Project, and start two farmer training programs leveraging city-owned lands to advance economic opportunities for African immigrant and refugee populations in the NW while working for Tilth Alliance. In addition Hill worked as a Program manager for Will Allen’s Growing Power in Milwaukee and Chicago, served as a City Planner for Portland’s Bureau of Transportation, been Executive Director of Groundwork Portland, led Community Outreach at ReBuilding Center, and lived to become an adjunct professor at both Antioch University Seattle and National University of Natural Medicine in Portland.

Hill’s continued work in Portland has established and advanced work with the Green Workforce Collaborative, Mudbone Grown Farms, Black Food Sovereignty Council, Coalition for the Prosperity of the People (CPP), and Urban Civic Group West, his newly launched consulting firm. Edward is a member of the American Planning Association, the Seattle Civic Innovators Group, Carbon Neutral Seattle Committee, and the Portland African-American Leadership Forum. Hill has presented or facilitated workshops on food and environmental justice, community building, food system planning, and environmental education for the University of Washington Greenlaw Group, Seattle University Education Department, GreenFest Seattle, American Institute of Architecture’s Bridge Chicago Program, Seattle Housing Authority, UW Ethnic Cultural Center, Southlake Union Community Association, Highline Community College, and the 2010 African-American Leadership Forum. Hill studied at California State University Hayward, Art Institute of Seattle, University of Washington College of Built Environment, and The Evergreen State College, Tacoma.

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