Maya van Rossum’s talks will educate and empower your audience to better understand today’s most critical environmental challenges.

For details on how Maya can inspire your group or organization, contact her online.

Topics
  • Constitutional Protection of Environmental Rights
  • River Values: The Economic Benefits of Environmental
    Protection
  • Community Activism: Tools for the Toolbox
  • Avoiding Adverse Impacts from Development: How To Do It Better
  • Fracked Gas Pipelines: Understanding Their Impacts and Strategies to Challenge
  • Understanding the Cradle-to-Grave Damage of Drilling and Fracking
  • River Friendly Gardens/ Gardening: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Helps
  • Stormwater Runoff: Lost Resource or Community Asset
  • Defeating Flood Damages in a Sustainable and Meaningful Way
  • Benefits of Buffers for Communities, Streams, Flooding, and Local Economies
  • Dredging
  • Cooling Water Intake Structures
  • Species decline including horseshoe crabs, migratory red knots, Atlantic sturgeon
  • Artificial turf
Endorsements

"Maya is a great speaker and was greatly appreciated by our folks. The January 19, 2017, resolution re ELCON — that the Warminster Board of Supervisors passed because of our Progressives’ work — started out mentioning the Pennsylvania constitution’s statement in Article 1, Section 27, the people’s ‘right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of … the environment.’ Maya's work to extend this to the world has already been shown very important.”

Pat Willis

Progressives for Positive Change

"Maya Van Rossum has been a leader in the protection of the environment and the Delaware River for years. Hearing her give a presentation is time well spent. She is a river of knowledge!"

Francis Faunt

Environmental Program Manager (Ret.), Delaware River and Bay Authority

“From her tireless advocacy for the Delaware River watershed and those who love it, Maya van Rossum offers a sobering message: In an era when legislatures and regulatory agencies are hobbled by divisive politics and unable to keep pace with our scientific understanding of threats to public health and the environment, constitutional protection of natural and human communities may be our best hope for survival.”

—Bradley M. Campbell

President of the Conservation Law Foundation, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  

“Read this book and you will be infuriated and inspired. Infuriated because the book drags you through the environmental muck of fracking, pipelines, PFOA .... But you will be inspired by the notion, transformed into a call for a constitutional amendment, that we, the people, have always had more power than we thought.”

A. R. Ingraffea, PhD, PE

Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University

"This is activism 2.0. Important, timely, and passionate, The Green Amendment will revolutionize the way we approach our work to protect the environment."

Greg Vitali

Pennsylvania State Representative, 166th Legislative District

"The Green Amendment asks us to imagine a world in which the right to pure water and healthy air exist on par with due process and free speech—and then shows us how to make it so."

Sandra Steingraber, PhD

Author of Living Downstream and Raising Elijah, recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking

"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment. Amendments are hard, of course — there’s a lot of corporate power to overcome — but given the stakes, this is surely an idea worth everyone taking very seriously!"

Bill McKibben

Author of Radio Free Vermont

notable talks
2018
2018 Motivational Speaker on the Environment, Northwest Environmental Defense Center of Lewis & Clark Law School
Woodhall Rm 7 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219
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2018
2018 Keynote, Tulane University Law School Environmental Law Summit
6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
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2018
2018 Keynote, Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education 33rd Annual Conference
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 900 Scudders Mill Road, Plainsboro, NJ
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2018
2018 Keynote, New York State Bar Association Legislative Forum
State Bar Center, 1 Elk St Albany, NY 12207
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2018
2018 Keynote, Rutgers Environmental Stewards Commencement Ceremony
Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Rd. Bordentown, NJ 08505
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2018
2019 Keynote, University of Florida Public Interest Environmental Conference
Gainesville Women's Club, 2809 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
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2018
2019 Motivational Speaker on the Environment, American University “Exploring Social Justice” Series
Weschler Theater in the Mary Graydon Center 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC
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2018
2019 Keynote, Rachel Carson Annual Open House at the Historic Rachel Carson House
11701 Berwick Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
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2018
2019 Keynote, Going Green in New York: A Conversation about the Proposed NY Environmental Bill of Rights
Milne Hall 200 University at Albany Downtown Campus 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
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Upcoming Events
September 5, 2019
2019 Public Interest Environmental Law CLE Keynote Address
Magnolia Hotel 1100 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002
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September 7, 2019
Climate Disruption Film Festival
UNM Continuing Education Campus, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131
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September 13, 2019
Brodhead Watershed Association 30th Anniversary Members & Friends Celebration
100 Shawnee Inn Dr, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
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September 16, 2019
Water/Ways, a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service
Ocean County Library – Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester Township, NJ
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September 18, 2019
Sourland Conservancy Train Station Series
Hopewell Train Station 2 Railroad Pl, Hopewell, NJ 08525
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October 1, 2019
Wesley College
120 North State Street, Dover, DE
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October 1, 2019
Wesley College
120 North State Street, Dover, DE
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October 5, 2019
Delaware Green Amendment Discussion with SRAP, SHEN
Milton Public Library, 121 Union Street, Milton, DE
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October 10, 2019
Gloucester County Nature Club and South Jersey Land & Water Trust
Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 3 Lenape Trail, Wenonah, NJ
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