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Environmental Justice

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.
Grist
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.
NRDC
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.
JPER
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
July 9, 2020, 5am PDT
Systemic racism is blamed for the glaring and tragic racial disparities of the COVID-19 illness in the United States.
The New York Times
July 1, 2020, 8am PDT
The Rhodium Group charts a path toward an economic recovery plan that would also achieve social and environmental benefits.
Rhodium Group
June 29, 2020, 11am PDT
California is the first state to require manufacturers to produce zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
NRDC
June 21, 2020, 7am PDT
A Trump administration decision not to tighten Clean Air Act restrictions on soot pollution will have more consequences for Black Americans.
Vox
June 21, 2020, 5am PDT
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the federal government's most complete picture of the demographic data of COVID-19 illness.
Yahoo News
June 15, 2020, 9am PDT
Climate justice and social justice are closely linked. Black climate expert Ayana Johnson explains why racial justice strides are required to make leeway for climate change issues.
The Washington Post
Feature
June 9, 2020, 12pm PDT
In Louisville, scene of multiple instances of police violence in recent weeks, low-income and Black populations living in neighborhoods dealing with decades of industrial pollution are now suffering the worst public health outcomes of COVID-19.
Gregory D. Squires, John I. Gilderbloom, Wesley L. Meares
June 8, 2020, 5am PDT
A Black architect calls on designers to recommit their training and expertise to account for the health and safety of all, especially those who have been most harmed by the status quo of the built environment.
Fast Company
Blog post
June 7, 2020, 11am PDT
Equity is hardly mentioned in most urban climate action plans, but a few cities, like Austin, Texas, are leading the charge to center in equity in both the process and content of climate planning.
Joan Fitzgerald
May 29, 2020, 7am PDT
Covid-19 deaths track closely to the discriminatory boundaries set by housing lenders, sponsored by the government, in the 20th century.
The Conversation