Environmental Justice

November 26, 2016, 11am PST
A distance of two miles can mean the difference of living more than ten years longer in the city of Denver. The city and its residents are gathering resources to improve public health outcomes in all the city's neighborhoods.
The Denver Post
October 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
By releasing the EJ 2020 Action Agenda earlier this week, the U.S. EPA has taken on a more ambitious role in pursuing environmental justice.
Grist
September 21, 2016, 9am PDT
Environmental advocacy is not enough. Environmental and social justice must play a role in California's legislative effort to battle climate change, opine two professors from UC Berkeley and USC in the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2016, 7am PDT
A largely revenue-neutral carbon tax proposal, similar to the carbon tax in British Columbia which began in 2008, qualified for the November ballot in Washington. Environmentalists and Democrats, not Big Oil, may cause it's defeat.
Crosscut
August 24, 2016, 1pm PDT
The landscape of community development in Los Angeles today differs vastly from even a few years ago. Two groups in East L.A. are developing solutions to accelerating gentrification and displacement and a compounding affordable housing crisis.
The Planning Report
August 8, 2016, 7am PDT
Being a person of color in the United States means being physically vulnerable to both environmental hazards and police violence, two professors argue.
CityLab
August 2, 2016, 5am PDT
A new FHWA report, "Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning" identifies practical ways to achieve social equity by better responding to the active travel needs of currently underserved populations.
Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
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