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Prioritizing environmental justice as we electrify

Building Tomorrow Episode 5

Published May 10, 2023

As New York City transitions away from fossil fuels, it’s imperative that environmental justice be centered in policy making, and that people from historically disadvantaged communities actively benefit from the transition.

In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Zakiyah Sayyed and Anushka Maqbool sit down with Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to talk about her career journey, WE ACT’s work with electrification and workforce training, and the importance of centering environmental justice in the electrification conversation.


Sonal Jessel
Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Zakiyah Sayyed
Former Crew Supervisor, NYC Cool Roofs
Anushka Maqbool
Programs Associate, Urban Green Council