In 2013, Maya van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory in Pennsylvania that not only protected communities from ruthless frackers, but breathed legal life into the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment. Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change. van Rossum’s talk will seek to discuss and inspire a new tool for environmental preservation, one that will provide a new way of thinking about, and pursuing, environmental protection from a policy as well as a legal perspective.
Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and has led the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) for 23 years. The role of the Delaware Riverkeeper is to give the Delaware River, and the communities that depend upon it and appreciate it, a voice at every decisionmaking table that could provide help or do harm. DRN works throughout the 4 states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level. van Rossum is advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation and is author of a book titled The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. Recent speaking engagements include: 10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology & Environmental Policy; 2017 Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference; 2015 National Environmental Justice Conference. van Rossum was appointed to NJ Governor-elect Murphy’s transition committee on environment and energy, was named One Of The “10 Most Influential People of 2015” When It Comes to Energy Issues, SNL Energy, and has testified twice before U.S. Congressional committees.
About the Series
The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.
Light refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public.