An Evening for ACE: 20 Years of Environmental Justice

This year ACE is celebrating our 20th anniversary. Founded in 1993, ACE has pioneered an organic and powerful bottom-up model for environmental organizing and advocacy. Our early work supported community leadership on environmental justice issues and provided legal resources for community partners. Now, 20 years later, ACE is a multi-generational, membership organization that helps lead the environmental justice movement in Massachusetts.

Penn Loh and Kalila Barnett will be speaking at the event.

We invite you to a special reception and dialogue with ACE's founders, staff, early activists and supporters to reflect on 20 years of ACE and the environmental justice movement. Join us!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
SEIU Local 615
26 West Street
Boston, MA 02111

The event will include a panel discussion that features our founding directors as well as current and former ACE staff and an alumnus from our youth program. We will be sharing stories from ACE’s beginning and considering the future of the environmental justice movement. Topics include the challenges and opportunities facing our movement and changes in the landscape of this field.

Charlie Lord, Co-Founder
William Shutkin, Co- Founder
Penn Loh, Former Executive Director
Kalila Barnett, Current Executive Director
Carlos Moreno, Board Member, REEP Alumnus

Our moderator is Julian Agyeman, ACE Member and Tufts Professor of Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning (UEP). Please also join us the next evening for Jammin’ for Justice, our annual celebration and fundraiser at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.

6:00 Doors Open
6:15 Program begins: Welcome, Panel Conversation + Discussion
7:45 Program ends: Food + drinks
8:30 Event ends

Regular ticket: $40
Fundraising ticket: $100
Community/member ticket: $20

To reserve tickets, contact Aaron or call 617-442-3343 ext. 231. Tickets can also be purchased securely online.

Our panelists:

Bill Shutkin

Bill Shutkin

William Shutkin is the president and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. In addition, he is a senior advisor at Aravaipa Ventures, a green investment fund based in Boulder, Colorado.

Shutkin's career covers an expansive terrain, from sustainability to social innovation, urban planning to economic development, green design to global warming. He has founded and led several organizations at the forefront of the sustainability field and, from 1999-2008, was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Shutkin is the author of the award-winning The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. David Brower of the Sierra Club once described him as "an environmental visionary creating solutions to today's problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud."

Shutkin received his BA in history and classics from Brown University and a JD and MA in history from the University of Virginia. He also completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and graduated from the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr., and has received numerous awards and fellowships for his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur and sustainability leader.

Charlie Lord


BA, Yale University; JD, University of Virginia –Charlie is the Managing Principal of Renew Energy Partners, LLC (“REP”), an energy efficiency/clean on-site energy generation finance and development firm serving the retrofit market for commercial and industrial (“C&I”) buildings. REP finances and develops the renovation of existing C&I buildings to improve their energy performance, provide a market-rate return to investors, reduce climate emissions from the building sector and create jobs in cities.

Prior to REP, Charlie was at C-Quest Capital, LLC (CQC). Charlie helped launch CQC’s Global Cook Stoves Program. CQC is a carbon finance business dedicated to originating and developing high-quality emission reduction projects that provide superior returns for investors and energy services to low-income communities in Africa, India and Latin America. Prior to C-Quest, Charlie was a principal at SCRC, an investment manager focusing on sustainable infrastructure (energy, waste and water), with an emphasis on emerging markets.

Charlie also founded and scaled two social ventures, including Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), the largest environmental justice center in the Northeast, based in Roxbury, MA where he served as Co-Director until 1998 and on the Board until 2004. In 1998, Charlie founded the Urban Ecology Institute at Boston College, and he served as UEI’s Executive Director until 2008. Charlie taught in the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College until 2010. He has published numerous articles on environmental law, environmental justice and environmental policy. After law school Charlie clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Charlie is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship and of the Barr Foundation Fellowship.

Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno

An ACE member and REEP graduate, Carlos was a recipient of the prestigious Brower Youth Award for 2007, a nationwide distinction given to youth who show leadership in environmental activism. Carlos certainly fits this description and has been an inspiration to everyone at ACE during his years with REEP.

At the age of 16, Carlos understood the seriousness of youth violence as an environmental justice issue because of its tremendous impact on where and how we live. In 2001, the state funding for after school programs in Massachusetts dropped from $14 million to nothing, and youth violence steadily increased. Through the Summer Jobs Campaign, Carlos addressed the increase of violence in the city of Boston and helped create more opportunities for summer youth employment. Over the course of three years, Carlos helped the United Youth & Youth Workers of Boston to mobilize 320 youth to attend a city meeting and organized hundreds of youth to attend and speak at committee meetings, vigils, and rallies at the City Hall, the Boston Commons and the State House. Carlos also coordinated a question and answer session between gubernatorial candidates and youth, to solicit their positions on youth issues. The Summer Jobs Campaign has garnered exceptional media attention and has initiated a crucial dialogue between the youth and city officials, resulting in an increase of $750,000 for summer jobs.

Carlos continues to work for more funding for youth in Boston.

Penn Loh

Penn Loh

Penn Loh is Lecturer and Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Community Practice at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. From 1996 to 2009, he served in various roles, including Executive Director since 1999, at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice group. He holds an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from MIT. Before joining ACE, he was Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California and a Research Analyst at the Tellus Institute for Resource and Environmental Strategies in Boston. He has published broadly on environmental and social justice issues. He has served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Health and Research Subcommittee, the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, and on the boards of the Environmental Support Center, the Environmental Leadership Program, New World Foundation, and Community Labor United. He is currently a trustee of the Hyams Foundation and member of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.

Kalila Barnett

Kalila Barnett

Kalila Barnett became ACE’s Executive Director in February 2009. She was previously a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United and served on ACE’s Board of Directors for 5 years. She is a Roxbury native and lifelong resident of Boston. Kalila graduated from Bates College in 2001 with a degree in American Studies and Spanish. She has also worked at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Madison Park Development Corporation, organizing around community development issues and affordable housing in the Roxbury and Jamaica Plain area. Kalila was also the field director for a local city council campaign in 2005.

Our moderator:

Professor Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA

Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is the originator of the concept of 'just sustainability' the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’

He is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy and environmental education whose expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is co-founder, and editor of the international journal ‘Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.’ With over 150 publications, his books include ‘Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World’ (MIT Press 2003); ‘Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice’ (NYU Press 2005, ‘Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices' (MIT Press 2011) 'Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability' (MIT Press 2011) and ‘Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice’ (Zed Books 2013).

He was founder in 1988 of Britain’s Black Environment Network (BEN) and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Diversity and the Environment (2009); the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Audubon Society (2009-) and the is on several journal editorial boards.