Environmental Justice

July 3, 2016, 7am PDT
The City Council in Oakland, California took its first, substantive steps toward banning the handling and storage of coal in the city.
NBC Bay Area
April 19, 2016, 12pm PDT
Environmental justice alarms sounded when an oil industry executive made public remarks about how drilling sites get selected.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
February 22, 2016, 12pm PST
A group that calls itself Carbon Washington could be at the helm of a new environmental movement to address climate change. They have proposed a $25-per-ton, revenue-neutral carbon tax.
Seattle Weekly
February 19, 2016, 8am PST
Flint, Michigan is not an anomaly.
TomDispatch
February 6, 2016, 7am PST
The case of the lead contaminated waters in Flint, Michigan has renewed a national discussion of lead poisoning in children across the United States.
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 20, 2015, 1pm PDT
The Center for Public Integrity has released a report criticizing the EPA's environmental justice competence. In only 12 cases has the agency taken official action on behalf of communities affected disproportionately by polluters.
Next City
July 23, 2015, 10am PDT
A publicly available web tool allows access to maps that overlay environmental impacts and the populations they impact (or the populations that manage to avoid such impacts, for that matter).
Smithsonian Magazine
June 18, 2015, 6am PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new tool to visualize the ongoing realties of environmental justice in cities around the country.
Fusion
June 17, 2015, 7am PDT
Opposition, followed by legal action to the California High-Speed Rail project began in Northern California, spread to the Central Valley, and now has hit southern California, particularly in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2015, 8am PST
Waste-to-energy plants, or incinerators, are classified as renewable power plants by the EPA. A controversial Baltimore plant is under construction as well. More common in Europe, they may be catching on stateside due to low recycling rates.
The New York Times
October 21, 2014, 11am PDT
A Fast Co. Design article explains the "just green enough" concept as advanced by Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Fast Co. Design
August 5, 2014, 2pm PDT
Focusing on street safety conditions in Miami as a case study of larger findings, a Governing magazine analysis finds that pedestrians are much more likely to be killed by cars in impoverished neighborhoods.
Governing
July 24, 2014, 6am PDT
A growing body of research examines the question of how to make places more attractive and healthy, without then making them more expensive.
Next City
June 10, 2014, 8am PDT
While regulated on the federal level, there is still much that can be done on a state level, including adding per-barrel fees to pay for cleanup plans. Plus, a new regulation took effect requiring railroads to notify states about Bakken crude trains.
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2014, 9am PDT
Leaded gasoline is still sold in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, and Yemen. Most think that the brain-damaging additive was banned in the U.S in 1995, but not for 167,000 piston-engined aircraft that use leaded aviation fuel.
Chicago Tribune
Blog post
April 28, 2014, 5am PDT

On Urban-Think Tank, a design firm working at the intersection of architecture and urbanism to further environmental justice.

Anna Bergren Miller
April 18, 2014, 11am PDT
A new study by researchers from the University of Minnesota presents a sweeping portrait of trends in exposure to nitrogen dioxide across the United States.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
July 29, 2013, 12pm PDT
A 'toxic tour' of Los Angeles raises awareness of the harmful effects the city's industrial infrastructure brings to adjacent, often minority, communities. Stops include a battery recycling plant, rendering plant, oil refinery, and scrap yards.
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012, 7am PDT
Do you know the effect your spiffy new development will have on the neighbors' health? Aaron Wernham and the Kresge Foundation think you could use a health impact assessment.
Shelterforce Magazine
September 12, 2011, 7am PDT
A warehouse and distribution center adjacent to a low-income community that would generate 1,500 additional daily diesel truck trips from the Ports of LA and Long Beach is the subject of an environment lawsuit that will be joined by AG Kamala Harris.
Los Angeles Times