NRE 593 - Environmental Justice: Research and Policy Developments
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
Department: School of Natural Resources and Environment
3 (Non-LSA credit).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or Instructor permission.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The topic of environmental justice has developed rapidly since the publication in 1987 of the groundbreaking report “Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States”, which demonstrated that the poor and racial and ethnic minorities are significantly more likely to live near hazardous waste sites than their white and more affluent counterparts. This report and a growing environmental justice movement have stimulated considerable new research and important policy debates in the past 20 years. One of the concerns in environmental justice controversies is over the extent communities overburdened with toxic burdens face significant health consequences. Although there is a body of literature that examines racial and socioeconomic disparities in the distribution of environmental burdens and another that examines the health consequences of environmental contaminants, these two bodies of literature have yet to be adequately merged. This seminar will explore these two bodies of literature and assess the possible links between racial and socioeconomic disparities in the distribution of environmental burdens and racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and mortality. We will pay special attention to the consequences for vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. For this 1-credit seminar, students will meet weekly for 1.5 hours to discuss the literature. Each student will select one or two important research studies (from the suggested readings below or from other sources), prepare a brief summary and critique, and lead a discussion that will inform the class of the above linkages.

NRE 593 - Environmental Justice: Research and Policy Developments
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0814715370
From the ground up : environmental racism and the rise of the environmental justice movement, Author: Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster., Publisher: New York University Press 2001
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