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May 13, 2014

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Lisa C. Goodheart

Lisa Goodheart and Phelps Turner to receive 2014 Environmental Justice Award

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Lisa Goodheart and Phelps Turner will receive the 2014 Environmental Justice Award presented by Alternatives for Community and Environment, Inc. (ACE). This year’s Environmental Justice Award will also be presented to Citizens for a Better Brockton and Stop the Power, two advocacy groups committed to achieving environmental justice in Brockton.

For more than seven years, Sugarman, Rogers has proudly served as pro bono counsel to ACE and the residents of Brockton and West Bridgewater in a fight against a proposed fossil fuel power plant. Lisa Goodheart and Phelps Turner, together with ACE staff attorney Staci Rubin, briefed the residents’ appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court. The residents challenge the Energy Facilities Siting Board’s decision to approve a proposed new fossil fuel power plant in close proximity to low-income communities of color in Brockton. Their appeal marks the first time that the SJC has been asked to consider the impact of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy on decisions by the EFSB. Lisa argued the residents’ case before the SJC in March, and a decision is anticipated later this spring or summer.

The 2014 Environmental Justice Awards will be presented during ACE’s annual fundraising event Jammin’ for Justice on May 29. Additional information may be found online.

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ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.

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