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 collaboration with the public health and environmental health scientists as she responds to the prompts listed below.

(Duration 7:51)


  1. Please describe how you are collaborating with environmental health scientists. 00:40
  2. What sorts of things have your learned through that research, and how has that research assisted in your activism? 02:40
  3. Can you say a bit more about the research findings that connect environmental toxins to adverse health outcomes? 04:40
  4. How do you work with environmental health scientists to promote policy change? 06:15

Other Portions of Peggy Shepard Interview

Title Duration
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 66:41

Visit Peggy Shepard’s main Upstream page.