WEBINAR: What Does Water Justice Require of You?

ORIGINALLY AIRED JUNE 23, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



Susan Lea Smith
Professor of Law
Willamette University

Professor Susan Lea Smith teaches environmental, energy, & natural resources law at Willamette University, directing the law school’s Certificate Program in Sustainability. Her current research focuses on water justice ethics, governance, and law. She serves with the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. She serves as advisor to the Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches and advocates water justice on behalf of the WCC, Creation Justice Ministries, and United Church of Christ. Professor Smith’s litigation experience includes several decades representing environmental and community groups, federal agencies, the State of Oregon, and mining and oil & gas interests. She holds a BA from Reed College, an M. Pub. Pol. from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.


What does water justice require of you? The demands of a shifted environmental paradigm.

The Biden administration has shifted the focus of environmental and natural resources policy toward environmental justice in a startling and profound manner. The water sector will benefit from a substantial flow of new resources, but those resources will be conditioned on better serving marginalized communities and satisfying the demands of environmental justice. This webinar will explore the practical implications of this paradigmatic shift for water resources professionals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciate the depth and scope of the Biden administration's commitment to environmental justice.
  2. Identify new federal spending on environmental justice that will provide new funding streams for water resources.
  3. Recognize changed expectations about better serving marginalized communities and satisfying the demands of environmental justice.

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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