Jenna Orkin is a writer turned activist by the environmental disaster of 9/11.
The mother of a student at Stuyvesant High School, located four blocks north
of the World Trade Center, Orkin co-founded the
World Trade Center Environmental Organization
in January, 2002.
Along with fellow downtown activists, she has lobbied Congress
for funding for appropriate testing and cleanup of affected areas
as well as for health care for those suffering WTC-related illnesses;
testified at all levels of government as well as at scientific conferences;
and organized press conferences and demonstrations including one
which took place at the laying of the cornerstone to rebuild Ground Zero.
The event, which featured family members outraged for a variety of reasons
at the rush (however inept) to rebuild without considering their issues,
put a damper on Governor Pataki's triumphant moment.
Orkin is one of twelve original plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit
against Governor Christie Todd Whitman and the EPA. She holds a B.A.- M.A.
in Music from Oxford University, a J.D. from New York Law School and once
held a teaching fellowship in Music History at Juilliard.
She has also written articles for Music and Vision Daily
and been an interviewer on cable television. For the last year she has been
doing research and running the blog for
In 2005-2006 she moderated Peak Oil conferences
in New York City and Washington.