Yasmine Agelidis

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Yasmine Agelidis is a senior attorney based in Los Angeles, California, where she fights for clean air and the right to a healthy community as part of Earthjustice’s Right to Zero campaign. Living in one of the most heavily-polluted air basins in the country, she has seen firsthand how the goods movement industry pumps pollution into communities, affecting Angelenos’ health and daily lives.

Yasmine primarily works on accelerating transportation electrification in California and across the country. Much of her work centers on shifting the goods movement industry to zero-emissions, with a focus on electrifying heavy-duty vehicles like trucks, trains, and buses that spew especially toxic air pollution. Advocating before agencies in California and at the federal level, Yasmine has helped secure wins for a zero-emissions future, including the first regulation of its kind to replace all diesel-fueled refrigerated trucks with zero emissions units.

She also works closely with community groups, environmental and health organizations, and labor partners to hold the railroad industry accountable for cleaning up its dirty diesel equipment, and to get electric school buses, transit buses, and garbage trucks made with high-paying union jobs into the Los Angeles community.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Yasmine clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet on the Southern District of New York. She also worked as an associate at Sidley Austin, and interned with the ACLU of Southern California to advocate for gender and reproductive justice. Yasmine received her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Latest from Yasmine Agelidis

A low angle photo of a train engine without cars attached.
July 9, 2024

Four Facts the Rail Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Zero-Emissions Trains

With California charting a course for zero-emissions rail, some of America’s oldest monopolies are conniving to hit the brakes on clean air. Don’t believe their misinformation.
May 31, 2024

In the News: Chicago Tribune

Advocates meet in Chicago to call for new limits on freight train emissions: ‘Our lives literally depend on reform’

“One thousand people are passing away earlier than they would otherwise, just because of diesel locomotives.”
April 27, 2023

In the News: Washington Post

California to vote on ambitious locomotive emission rule

“It’s going to be groundbreaking, and it’s going to address the diesel crisis that’s been poisoning communities near railyards for literal decades.”
Photo taken at sunset with the Port of Oakland behind the trains.
April 26, 2023

California is Bringing Rail into the Zero Emissions Era

Communities across California called on air regulators more than two decades ago to address the diesel crisis poisoning communities near railyards—and the California Air Resources Board is finally taking bold action.
A camera man looks down at camera filming an electric, green tractor.  In its mission to electrify everything, California is considering regulations for zero emissions off-road vehicles like tractors.
November 16, 2022

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads: Electrifying Off-road Vehicles and Rail

California is considering key regulations for zero emissions rail, bulldozers, and tractors as it leaves no stone unturned in its marathon to electrify everything

Illustration of children joyfully waving to an electric school bus.
November 8, 2022

The Electric School Bus Is the Climate Hero We Need

The wheels on the bus are powered by clean energy.
January 13, 2021

In the News: Grist

In the shadow of Amazon, resistance takes root in San Bernardino

“The pandemic has created this boom in retail that’s just made it a lot worse, and this impact is particularly felt by black and brown communities who are also being hit the hardest by COVID-19. This case — it’s fundamentally about human health, and it’s really about protecting people in a part of the country that has literally the worst air quality in the nation.”