The Watershed Institute welcomes Kandyce Perry, Director of the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) at the state Department of Environmental Protection, as the keynote speaker at our hybrid Watershed Conference on two consecutive Fridays, Feb. 10 & 17.
Perry, who will give the keynote address at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 10, has been the main contact for overburdened communities in the state of New Jersey since assuming her role in July 2021. Her remarks at the Sixth Annual Watershed Conference will focus on the importance of towns and cities developing stormwater solutions for systematically excluded communities. These include efforts to reduce flooding, improve water quality and ensure that stormwater upgrades are built and funded in an equitable fashion throughout the state.
Perry’s office guides NJDEP as well as other state departments and agencies on how to incorporate environmental justice into their statutory and regulatory responsibilities, policies, programs, and core functions. She also oversees the convening of the State’s Environmental Justice Interagency Council and Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
Kandyce holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Spelman College.
The Watershed’s conference will be centered on the regional stormwater solutions. The main focus will be on updates to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, regional solutions to address polluted stormwater runoff and flooding, environmental justice, and the need for community-wide action. The hybrid conference runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the consecutive Fridays, Feb. 10 & 17. Conference participants may attend in-person at the Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ, or join us virtually.
We thank our conference sponsors, New Jersey American Water, Princeton Hydro, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council, Sustainable Jersey, and
NJ Spotlight News for helping to make the Watershed Conference possible.