The EPA describes environmental justice as “no population due to policy or economic disempowerment, is forced to bear a disproportionate burden of negative human health or environmental impacts of pollution.” Examples include evidence demonstrating that low wealth communities have less tree cover, a deficit that leads to higher cardiopulmonary health issues. Course explores environmental justice in the U.S.. Topics covered include crime and stress, food security, air and water quality, park provisioning, environmental gentrification, and environment-related maladies. Course uses team-based learning.
Spring 2021 offering