Edward Bautista

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Visiting Assistant Professor Grad Center for Planning ebautist@pratt.edu (718) 399-4340 p Brooklyn Campus, Higgins Hall North 2

Current Course Listing (1)

20/SP-PLAN-801D-01 Special Topics in Planning IV

Personal URL

http://nyc-eja.org

Education

NYU, Joint BA in Politics & Metropolitan Studies
Columbia University, Revson Fellow
Pratt Institute, MS in City & Regional Planning

Biography

Eddie Bautista is the Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a citywide network of community-based organizations of color advocating for the empowerment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. Eddie’s accomplishments include: helping pass a NYS law protecting communities of color from increased emissions from power plant sitings; launching the Waterfront Justice Project, NYC’s first citywide climate adaptation & community resiliency campaign (which has changed laws & regulations to better protect industrial waterfront communities of color vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rise); co-convening the Sandy Regional Assembly which produced the Sandy Regional Assembly Recovery Agenda, the first grassroots Sandy rebuilding & resiliency plan which has influenced millions of dollars in the City’s rebuilding & climate adaptation plans and investments; helping to radically alter the City’s Solid Waste Management Plan – the largest in the nation – to shift waste export from polluting truck to barge and rail systems, improving the City’s air quality while reducing pollution in communities of color. Eddie was also a co-facilitator of the Host Committee for the People’s Climate March – the largest climate march in history, this march attracted over 400,000 participants to NYC before the 2014 UN Summit on Climate Change, which paved the way for the international 2015 Paris Climate Accord. (For more about NYC-EJA, visit www.NYC-EJA.org.) Previously, Eddie served as Director of the Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs, where he spearheaded passage of several landmark laws, including the creation of the first municipal brownfields remediation office in the nation; the required retrofit of all diesel-powered school buses to reduce air pollution in bus cabins; and the Greater Greener Buildings Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive package of legislation aimed at improving energy efficiency for large scale buildings. Eddie redefined the City Legislative Affairs Office’s mission beyond traditional legislation and facilitated meetings for policy advocates with Administration officials on a range of legislative and regulatory initiatives such as PlaNYC 2030 (NYC’s environmental sustainability plan, now an international model for large cities) and Mayoral Executive Order 120, the first mandate for all City agencies to make services and documents available to immigrants in the City’s top six languages. From 1990 to 2006, Eddie served as Community Organizer, then Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, a citywide non-profit public interest & civil rights law firm where he helped launch the NYC environmental justice movement and organized coalitions blocking the siting of polluting infrastructure like waste transfer stations and power plants in overburdened communities of color, while revising public waste and energy policies. Eddie spoke at the White House’s first Forum on Environmental Justice in 2010 and has been interviewed by local and national media. Several books feature Eddie’s work, including The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, by Roberta Brandes Gratz (2010); Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, by Julie Sze (2006), and We Won’t Move: Community Planning in “The Real Estate Capital of the World” by Tom Angotti (2008). He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. Eddie is married and the father of two adult sons.