Join us this Earth Day, April 22, for a videoconference featuring leaders in energy, science, and environmental issues as they discuss the intersection between faith, justice, and environmental stewardship. Watch for registration details in April!
Stephanie A. Malin, Ph.D. is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, with a focus on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio- environmental effects of market-based economies. Stephanie serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and she is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. At Colorado State, Stephanie is an award-winning teacher of courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology. She is also the author of The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Stephanie conducts public sociology and engaged scholarship, and her work can additionally be found in news outlets like The Conversation and High Country News’ Writers on the Range. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the American Sociological Association, the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the CSU Water Center. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. In her free time, Stephanie is outside camping, hiking, and enjoying our public lands with her husband and dog.
Katelyn O’Dell is a PhD student in atmospheric science at Colorado State University. Her research interests sit at the interface between atmospheric chemistry and public health. While on a missions trip to India, she had her first taste of really dirty air. On that trip, she realized a clean environment is not only an environmental issue, it is a social justice issue. After returning from India, Katelyn spent her final two years of undergrad heavily involved with on-campus sustainability efforts including organizing zero-waste events and promoting the use of alternative transportation campus-wide. Now, as a PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Katelyn has focused her research on the impact of wildfires on US air quality, which will be exacerbated by climate change. She believes we should all care about climate change because, like poor air quality, climate change disproportionately impacts ‘the least of these’ who we, as Christians, are called to care for. Katelyn holds a BS in Physics from the College of Charleston and a MS in Atmospheric Science from CSU. Since moving to Colorado from South Carolina nearly three years ago, Katelyn spends most of her free time exploring the incredible great outdoors Colorado has to offer. She especially enjoys distance running along the foothills and rock climbing in the Poudre Canyon.
Michael Wenstrom has been working the arena of public policy for more than thirty years. For the past eighteen years, Mr. Wenstrom has worked in the EPA’s Region 8 Environmental Justice Program.
Examples of his work include (1) assisting EPA Enforcement staff to negotiate Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) which direct money to communities to remedy past environmental ills, (2) working with the people of Pueblo, the state of Colorado and the US Army to give the community a greater voice in the destruction of 780,000 rounds of chemical weapons, (3) working with local partners to address environmental health issues in Salt Lake City to improve children’s health and (4) working with community members in assessing risks from industrial facilities located near residential areas.
Michael also piloted work in EJ communities to reduce the threat of radon and partnered with the State of Colorado to retrofit school buses in school districts serving low income communities. Michael also assists the EPA Urban Waters Program in applying environmental justice principles in the remediation of America’s urban waterways.
Recently, Michael spent a year working with EPA Headquarters staff and the EPA Region 5 Environmental Justice program to develop strategies to more fully engage the residents of Flint, Michigan in coping with the city-wide water crisis.