Green Festival Speakers

Lois Gibbs



In 1978, Lois Gibbs founded the Love Canal Homeowners’ Association, and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) in 1981.  After discovering that her home and those of her neighbors sat beside 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, she organized her neighbors to pressure the government to relocate over 800 families from the Love Canal toxic site.  Since then, her vision has guided CHEJ’s efforts to provide critical organizing and technical assistance to other communities engaged in their own environmental struggles. Lois sits on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate from SUNY at Cortland, New York, the 1990 Goldman Environmental Prize, the 1998 Heinz Award, and the 1999 John Gardner Leadership Award from Independent Sector. Lois has been recognized extensively for her critical role in the grassroots environmental health movement.   Lois has appeared on many television and radio shows including 60 Minutes, 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, The Morning Show and the Today Show. CBS produced a 2 hour prime-time movie about Lois’s life entitled “Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story” starring Marsha Mason.