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Eddie Bautista

Executive Director
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance


Eddie is the Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations of color advocating for the empowerment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. Eddie’s accomplishments include: helping pass a NYC law reducing waste transfer station capacity in the 3 most overburdened communities and a NYS law protecting EJ communities from increased emissions from power plant sittings; launching the Waterfront Justice Project, NYC’s first citywide community resiliency campaign; co-convening the Sandy Regional Assembly, which prepared the first grassroots Sandy resiliency plan; and co-facilitating the Host Committee for the 2014 People’s Climate March – the largest climate march in history. Previously, Eddie served as Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs, where he spearheaded passage of several landmark laws, and Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he organized coalitions blocking the siting of polluting infrastructure while advancing sustainable environmental policies. An award-winning urban planner and community organizer interviewed by local and national media, several books feature Eddie’s work, including The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, (2010); and Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, (2006). Eddie is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. (For more about NYC-EJA, visit www.NYC-EJA.org.)