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Press Statement July 5, 2024

NAACP to Host EPA, FEMA Working Toward Resilient Futures at 115th National Convention in Las Vegas



July 5, 2024

Contact: Alicia Mercedes, 

LAS VEGAS - During the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, NAACP leadership, and Valley Water will host Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, EARTHGANG Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Jazmine Nicholson, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director of External Affairs, Brandi Richard Thompson & more for a day of programming focused on addressing the most pressing environmental challenges facing Black America and building a more resilient future.  

"From the Gulf Coast to Ghana, the NAACP's fight for environmental justice knows no boundaries. As we continue to experience the impacts of a manmade climate emergency, we must see an equitable investment in the protection and advancement of Black communities and other frontline communities,"said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO. "We are excited to welcome our partners for a collaborative reflection, and recommitment to enhancing resilience across communities. Together, we will ensure that our nation is all in on a healthier future for everybody."

The NAACP has a decades-long history of fighting for environmental justice, often serving as the first responder when disaster strikes in Black communities. The Association continues to advocate for clean water for all, support and learn from Black communities across the Diaspora, while cultivating strong relationships with disaster preparedness and response organizations. 

"From day one, President Biden promised a bold and ambitious environmental agenda and EPA has been at the very center of this work, delivering real results for the American people," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan."Together, with partners like NAACP, we continue to move further and faster than ever before. I'm looking forward to sharing more on this progress to invest in our communities, bolster international cooperation in places like Africa, lift up our HBCUs, and ensure all people in this country have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink."

Ahead of the Biden-Harris Administration's announcement of $20 billion in private, community-based funding for equitable, environmentally friendly developments, NAACP hosted EPA Administrator Regan in an exploratory trip to visit Portland's sustainable building models. The Resilient Futures convening in Las Vegas, which will be attended by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board Chair Anyeley Hallova, seeks to build upon NAACP's work to advance sustainable, equitable developments. 

All members of the media are provided with complimentary access to NAACP National Convention programming. Interested parties must complete this form in order to register. 

For more information on Convention programming, visit



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.