Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color.

In this portion of my interview, she discusses her early career and responds to the prompts listed below.

(Duration 8:24)


  1. Was it difficult to mobilize public support for environmental reforms? 00:40
  2. How responsive was the city to the problems that you raised about the sewage treatment plant? 01:30
  3. Were you pushing to have the sewage treatment center closed? 03:05
  4. Please describe the lawsuit that helped to solve that problem and helped to invigorate WE ACT. 03:50
  5. Can you say more about WE ACT’s history and its staff? 05:40
  6. Please describe the community in which WE ACT does most of its work. 06:20
  7. What is the mission of WE ACT? 07:00

Other Portions of Peggy Shepard Interview

Part 1 – Early Career 10:30
Part 2 – The Origins of WE ACT 8:24
Part 3 – The Work of WE ACT 11:02
Part 4 – Environmental Health & Justice 6:29
Part 5 – Collaborating with Scientists 7:51
Part 6 – Policy Reforms 10:15
Part 7 – Environmental Activism 14:22
Part 8 – Five Favorites 5:45
Full Interview 1:06:41

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