Dr. Nicky Sheats
Dr. Nicky Sheats is currently the director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison Sate College where he has defined the primary mission of the Center as providing support for New Jersey’s environmental justice community. He has also been a member of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, New Jersey’s only statewide environmental organization that focuses solely on environmental justice (EJ) issues, since its inception in 2003. Among the issues he is working on are particulate matter air pollution, climate change, cumulative risk and impacts, developing environmental justice legal strategies and increasing the capacity of the EJ community to address these and other issues. The EJ community’s stance on climate change, in particular, has gained attention since it uniquely emphasizes reducing emissions of particulate matter along with carbon dioxide and is highly critical of carbon trading. Sheats has also been appointed to New Jersey’s Clean Air Council and in recent years has expanded his work to a national level where he is currently a member of the EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change and EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and was a member of the School Air Toxics Working Group of the National EJ Advisory Council and the New Orleans and Delta Area EJ Policy Task Force of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University. He is also serving as a lead author on the health chapter of the National Climate Assessment and will serve on the national NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Advisory Panel. Within the EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change he is the primary organizer of the EJ and Science Initiative.
Sheats received his Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in the year 2000 where his field of study was biological oceanography and his specialty was stable isotope biogeochemistry. After graduating he worked for Environmental Defense as a science and law fellow, at The College of New Jersey as a visiting scholar and at the Earth Institute of Columbia University as a post-doctoral fellow. Sheats also has an undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He worked as a public interest attorney for almost eight years after graduating from law school. During that time period he served as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the equivalent of a state supreme court), a landlord-tenant and housing attorney at Camden Regional Legal Services, a public defender in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a legal instructor at a community legal education and college preparatory program in Harlem.
Presentations Made by Nicky Sheats from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
July 2010, Presented the environmental justice recommendations of the New Jersey Clean Air Council’s annual report to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Trenton, NJ
October 2010, Presentation on environmental justice partnerships and collaborations in New Jersey and nationwide to a group of funders, Minneapolis, MN
October 2010, Presentation on environmental justice and climate change at a public event organized by the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
October 2010, Presentation on environmental justice and carbon capture and sequestration to two freshman critical thinking classes at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
October 2010, Presentation on particulate matter air pollution and climate change on an environmental justice tour of Newark organized by GreenFaith, Newark, NJ
November 2010, Presentation on diesel exhaust air pollution at a community meeting on wastes from the Gulf oil spill organized by the Deep South Center on Environmental Justice at Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
November 2010, Presentation on environmental justice and climate change at a public lecture at Drew University organized by GreenFaith, Morristown, NJ
November 2010, Presentation on particulate matter air pollution and diabetes on a panel organized by the Urban Mayors Association of the Watson Institute held at the League of Municipalities Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
November 2010, Presentation on environmental justice in New Jersey to a class at St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ
December 2010, Presentation on environmental justice and particulate matter air pollution to students at Brimm High School, Camden, New Jersey
December 2010, testified in opposition to the siting of a recycling facility in a community Of Color in East Trenton at a Mercer County Freeholders meeting, Trenton, NJ
January 2011, Presentation on a multi-pollutant approach to air pollution and environmental justice to the multi-pollutant workgroup of the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C.
February 2011, Presentation at an EPA listening session on new source performance standards for greenhouse gases, Atlanta, GA
March 2011, Presentation on particulate matter air pollution, climate change and cumulative impacts at the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance environmental justice and cumulative impacts workshop, Trenton, NJ
March 2011, Presentation on environmental justice and the law as part of a panel at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
March 2011, Presentation to students at Trenton Central High School on careers in science at a career day, Trenton, NJ
April 2011, Chair, New Jersey Clean Air Council annual hearing, subject was cumulative impacts, Trenton, NJ
April 2011, Testified at a NJDEP hearing on a proposed waiver rule, Trenton, NJ
April 2011, Presentation on environmental justice in New Jersey to a class on environmental justice at the Harvard University Extension School; Cambridge, MA
April 2011, Presentation on environmental justice in New Jersey to a class on climate change at the Harvard University Extension School; Cambridge, MA
May 2011, Presentation on the new fine particulate matter standard to community representatives and EPA officials at a session organized by Earth Justice, Washington, D.C.
May 2011, Testified on EPA’s Environmental Justice 2014 Plan at an EPA National EJ Advisory Council meeting, New York City
May 2011, Testified in May on the new fine particulate matter standard at an EPA National EJ Advisory Council meeting, New York City
May 2011, Presentation on the Clean and Healthy Ports Coalition at the New Jersey Environmental Federation Conference, Newark, NJ
May 2011, Testified in May at a NJDEP hearing on public access to waterways and beaches, Trenton, NJ
May 2011, Presentation on energy sources at a national NAACP meeting on energy, Hollywood, Florida
June 2011, Moderator of breakout session on environmental justice at a Sustainable Jersey meeting, Lawrenceville, NJ
June 2011, Presentation on climate change to the Newark Environmental Commission, Newark, NJ