Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro, visiting Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College, and her students, will lead a discussion on “Want Not: Re-thinking Waste and Practicing Sustainability” at Congregation Beth Israel. The session will use the socially-critical lens of environmental justice to explore alternatives to current waste management policy, including the initiative known as “zero waste” practiced in many communities nationwide.
The session is open to the public free of charge.
Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro is the Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College, and Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice at Nuestras Raíces, Inc. in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She is widely known for her research and practice focusing on community-based approaches to sustainability and the intersections of social justice and sustainability. Di Chiro serves on the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Administrator of the EPA. She holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California. Di Chiro has received numerous research fellowships and grants, including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the American Association of University Women, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.