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Environmental Justice

March 2, 2021, 6am PST
A new Regional Plan Association initiative is assessing potential solutions to historic inequities in planning policy.
Regional Plan Association
February 28, 2021, 9am PST
The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program will, for the first time, support projects aimed specifically at reducing emissions and fighting the effects of climate change and environmental racism.
February 7, 2021, 7am PST
The Biden administration's climate plan calls for sweeping reform in the country's energy policy and places new focus on addressing racial and economic disparities.
The Washington Post
January 27, 2021, 6am PST
As climate change intensifies, Detroit could see more devastating floods and deadlier heat waves.
Planet Detroit
December 21, 2020, 10am PST
President-elect Biden made two historic cabinet selections: Michael Regan, who heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to run the U.S. EPA, and Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, to head the Interior Department.
The Washington Post
December 16, 2020, 7am PST
Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University and author of the seminal book "Dumping in Dixie," has been awared the United Nation's highest environmental honor.
Champions of the Earth
November 22, 2020, 7am PST
An opinion piece published by Urban Milwaukee argues against a proposed expansion of three miles of Interstate 94 in Milwaukee.
Urban Milwaukee
November 18, 2020, 10am PST
In rural Alabama, a long history of racial inequality and poverty has left people struggling to survive in uninhabitable housing.
The New York Times
October 27, 2020, 12pm PDT
Political opposition to the controversial I-605 Corridor Improvement Project is gaining traction on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
Blog post
October 27, 2020, 8am PDT

A great challenge facing urban planning in the short- and long-term future is how to complete green infrastructure and development without spurring gentrification and displacement.

Joan Fitzgerald
October 15, 2020, 11am PDT
A report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General calls out state environmental agencies for a lack of civil rights enforecement and makes recommendations for resolving shortcomings.
October 11, 2020, 9am PDT
Advocates are calling out regional and state transportation planning agencies for a failure of racial justice as plans to widen a freeway in Southern California move forward.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
October 9, 2020, 5am PDT
Inequalities in the housing market of coastal North Carolina communities have already been exacerbated by the effects of extreme weather and climate change.
October 6, 2020, 6am PDT
The forthcoming Boston Urban Forestry Plan is expected to support communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors.
Smart Cities Dive
September 30, 2020, 5am PDT
New Jersey is now home to one of the "most stringent" environmental justice laws in the country.
Next City
September 14, 2020, 8am PDT
Add COVID-19 to the list of long-term consequences of the racist and discriminatory regulatory and lending practices of the 20th century.
Next City
August 28, 2020, 6am PDT
A road project in Boston involves removing hundreds of mature trees. Residents say the plan is an environmental justice issue.
The Boston Globe
August 20, 2020, 8am PDT
Zoning in the U.S. was originally intended to keep noxious uses out of residential areas. Around Houston, which famously lacks a traditional zoning system, polluting uses are still granted broad permission to operate in residential areas.
One Breath Partnership
Blog post
August 11, 2020, 9am PDT
Miriam Solis, of the University of Texas at Austin, writes about a recent article she authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Blog post
August 10, 2020, 5am PDT
The Providence Climate Justice Plan offers an exemplary approach to prioritizing the communities and neighborhoods most impacted by the environmental effects of development and industrial pollution.
Joan Fitzgerald