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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Aug 24, 2020

How can a major urban centre adapt to the brutal realities of climate change risks? How can communities unite together to prepare for, respond to and recover from increasing extreme weather events, while dealing with systemic discrimination and a major pandemic at the same time? How is Detroit leading the way? Find out here: Urban Adaptation to Climate Risks: Conversation with Dr. Jalonne L White-Newsome.  On Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc.
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BIO - Dr. Jalonne L White-Newsome

Dr. Jalonne L White-Newsome is CEO/Founder of Empowering a Green Environment and Economy, delivering people-centred solutions to transform communities (check out the website at Before this, she was senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program's grant portfolio on Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS). Jalonne was also a core team member of Kresge's Climate Change, Health and Equity Initiative, supporting grantmaking across the public health sector.

Before this, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT), where she led national campaigns to ensure that the concerns of low-income communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on issues of clean air, climate change and health. She is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As a researcher on climate, health and equity, Jalonne was a lead author for the human health chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. She provides leadership on various boards, including the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Change and Society, the US Climate Action Network, Health Environmental Funder’s Network Steering Committee and the Urban Water Funder’s Group.

A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. Jalonne has recently been recognized by Who’s Who in America, The Environmental Management Association’s Environmental Achievement Award, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and is a 2017 PLACES Fellow alum with The Funders Network.