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Peggy Shepard

WE ACT For Environmental Justice
Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT), based in West Harlem, has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental health, policy, and the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities -- to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all. Her work has received broad recognition: the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment, the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from the Rockefeller Foundation, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Smith College.