Tuesday, November 14

Suzi Ruhl Lecture

Suzi Ruhl, JD, MPH, will speak on “Rural Appalachia Meets Rural Environmental Justice: Fostering Healthy, Sustainable, Resilient, & Equitable Communities.” The lecture will be 7–8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Convocation Hall. The public is invited to attend.
B. Suzi Ruhl is currently senior attorney advisor for the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice. She also serves as co-chair of the Rural Communities Committee and is the immediate past co-chair of the National Environmental Policy Act Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. Ruhl works to integrate environmental justice in agency decision-making, supports community based action, and fosters administration-wide action that promotes healthy, equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities for overburdened and underserved populations.
Since her arrival at the EPA in 2009, Ruhl has won four national honor awards: 2010 Gold Medal for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities; 2011 Gold Medal for Mountain Top Mining Guidance Team; 2011 Silver Medal for Keystone Pipeline NEPA Review; and Silver Medal for $1 Billion Bayonne Bridge NEPA Review.
She has been and continues to be instrumental in efforts to develop the former Grundy County High School in Tracy City into a hub of resources for individuals and families—the South Cumberland Learning and Development Center.