Sunni Benoit

President, 350 Colorado

Sunni is speaking at

October 10, 2019
8:45 am - 5:00 pm


  • Tony Barboza (Tour Leader) Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
  • Rachel Cernansky (Tour Leader) Freelance, WaPo, NYT, Nature, EHP, Ensia, others.
  • Kati Weis Barraza (Tour Leader) CBS Denver
  • Sunni Benoit (Speaker) President, 350 Colorado
  • Candi CdeBaca (Speaker) City Councilwoman, Denver City Councilwoman, District 9
  • Lisa Cicutto (Speaker) Director, Community Outreach and Research; Professor, Director, Clinical Science Graduate Program, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Center
  • Marta Darby (Speaker) Associate Attorney, Earthjustice
  • Jim Garcia (Speaker) Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Clinica Tepeyac
  • Charles Norris (Speaker) Professional Geologist, retired
  • Michael Ogletree (Speaker) Air Quality Program Manager, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Nina Roumell (Speaker) Development and Communications Officer, The GrowHaus
  • Sandra Ruiz-Parrilla (Speaker) EGS & Partners RNO
  • Stacia Sellers (Speaker) Central 70 Communications Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Michael Wenstrom (Speaker) Region 8 USEPA


(8:45 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

The communities of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES) in northern Denver are located in the most polluted zip code in Colorado. Decades of environmental injustices in these communities have brought them to this unfortunate title. With several nearby industrial factories emitting toxic chemicals into the air, a busy interstate highway running directly through the neighborhoods — also the site of an ongoing and extremely controversial expansion, diesel trains traveling through the communities regularly and soil contamination from historical metal smelting, the GES is home to a confluence of pollution sources that have had untold health, economic and social impacts on its residents. This tour will provide an insight into the major challenges facing residents, as well as air quality and health studies underway designed to offset some of the impacts from these historic and ongoing environmental hazards. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about perhaps the most impacted and underserved community in Denver — during a time when the city as a whole is undergoing rapid growth and transformation. You’ll come away with new ideas, concepts and understandings of reporting on environmental justice issues, as well as learn how these concerns relate through communities across the country. Total drive time: 3 hours. A good option for those with limited mobility. 

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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