Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is Executive Director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT is New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. WE ACT is a nationally recognized organization in the field of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is the Center’s lead community partner.

Since the Center’s inception, Ms. Shepard has served as a co-Project Lead of the Comunity Outreach and Translational Research Core (COTC) of the Center.

Community Partner, Mailman School of Public Health, NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan

Member, Mt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Center Advisory Board

Member, Bellevue Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic Advisory Committee

Member, Harlem Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Advisory Board

Member, Center for Excellence In Environmental Toxicology External Advisory Bd., University of Pennsylvania

Member, NIEHS Public Interest Liaison Group

Member, Environmental Leadership Project Advisory Board

Member, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Advisory Committee

Board of Directors, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Board of Directors, NY League of Conservation Voters and LCV Education Fund

Board of Directors, U.S. League of Conservation Voters and LCV Education Fund

Board of Trustees, Environmental Defense

Board of Directors, NY Earth Day

Board of Directors, Audubon NY

Board of Directors, Public Health Association of New York City

Former President, National Women’s Political Caucus- Manhattan 1992-1996

Co-Founder, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Co-Chair, Northeast Environmental Justice Network

Former Chair, U.S. EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)

Former Member, National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health

Honors & Awards:

2008 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Achievement, 2008

Dean's Distinguished Service Award, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, 2004

10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environment, 2003

Union Square Award, Fund For The City of New York, 2000

Earth Day Award For Excellence In Environmental Advocacy, Earth Day NY, 1998

Susan B. Anthony Award, National Organization of Women (NOW), 1997

Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats Honor for Political and Environmental Advocacy, 1997

Earthling Award for Environmental Justice, City Club of New York, 1993

New York State Environmental Woman of Action by Tambrands, Inc., 1993

People Who Make a Difference, National Wildlife Magazine, 1993

Life of the City Award, New York Woman Magazine, 1991

New Yorker For New York Award, Citizens Committee of New York, 1990

Selected Publications:
Aggarwal M, Northridge ME, Jaansen N, Shepard P, Kinney PL. Pedestrian exposures to diesel exhaust particles in Harlem: a pilot study. MS under preparation. 1998.

Carlton EJ, Moats HL, Feinburg M, et al. Pesticide sales in low-income, minority neighborhoods. J Community Health. 2004;29(3):231-244.

Green L, Fullilove M, Evans D, Shepard P. "Hey, mom, thanks!": use of focus groups in the development of place-specific materials for a community environmental action campaign. Environ Health Perspect. 2002;110(Suppl 2):265-269.

Kinney PL, Aggarwal M, Northridge ME, Janssen NA, Shepard P. Airborne concentrations of PM(2.5) and diesel exhaust particles on Harlem sidewalks: a community-based pilot study. Environ Health Perspect. 2000;108(3):213-218.

Kinney PL, Aggarwal M, Northridge ME, Janssen NAH, Shepard P. Sidewalk exposures to PM2.5 and diesel exhaust particules in Harlem. Environ Health Perspect. 2000;108:213-218.

Northridge ME, Shepard PM. Environmental racism and public health. Am J Public Health. May 1997;87(5):730-732.

Northridge ME, Vallone D, Merzel C, et al. The adolescent years: an academic-community partnership in Harlem comes of age. Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP. Jan 2000;6(1):53-60.

Northridge ME, Yankura J, Kinney PL, et al. Diesel exhaust exposure among adolescents in Harlem: a community-driven study. Am J Public Health. Jul 1999;89(7):998-1002.

Perera FP, Illman SM, Kinney PL, et al. The challenge of preventing environmentally related disease in young children: community-based research in New York City. Environ Health Perspect. 2002;110(2):197-204.

Shepard LA, Smith ML. Synthesis of research on grade retention. Educat Leader. 1990:84-88.

Shepard PM. Issues of Community Empowerment. Fordham Urban Law J. 1994;21.

Shepard PM, Northridge ME, Prakash S, Stover G. Advancing environmental justice through community-based participatory research. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2002;110(Suppl 2):139-140.

Shmool JL, Kubzansky LD, Dotson Newman O, Spengler J, Shepard P, Clougherty JE. Social stressors and air pollution across New York City communities: a spatial approach for assessing correlations among multiple exposures. Environmental health : a global access science source. Nov 6 2014;13(1):91.

Vasquez VB, Minkler M, Shepard P. Promoting environmental health policy through community based participatory research: a case study from Harlem, New York. J Urban Health. Jan 2006;83(1):101-110.

Watkins BX, Shepard PM, Corbin-Mark CD. Completing the circle: a model for effective community review of environmental health research. Am J Public Health. Nov 2009;99 Suppl 3:S567-577.

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