For this goodbye and congratulations video, I drew from the work of Melissa Fay Greene.
I recently published a book chapter for The Delaware Naturalist, edited by McKay Jenkins and Sue Barton at UD. The chapter, titled “Environmental Justice,” is an introduction to the field and focuses on environmental injustice issues in New Castle County, DE. It is a unique introduction of a social and environmental justice perspective to the master naturalist curriculum. I hope that it helps to serve those students, as well as the local public, to integrate a social justice lens into their work on environmental issues in the state.
Perez, Victor W. 2020. “Environmental Justice.” Pages 291-310 (Chapter 13) in The Delaware Naturalist Handbook, edited by McKay Jenkins and Susan Barton. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press. Distributed by the University of Virginia Press.
Recently, I joined Madinah Wilson-Anton on the The Highlands Bunker Podcast to discuss her Green New Deal for Delaware and some of my related research. Some of my favorite parts include discussions of renewable energy and fenceline communities, while also cautioning inequitable outcomes of opportunity zones and development driving green infrastructure and community changes. Check it out here!
Ken Gould and Tammy Lewis visited UD in the fall 2018 and presented on their book Green Gentrification. Their work showcases how, absent of the needed social policies (e.g., affordable housing), green infrastructure development can heighten social inequalities and lead to displacement of residents in communities with green revitalization. Such a relevant topic for many urban areas in the mid-Atlantic, including Wilmington. Here’s a clip from their talk!
Check out the UDaily article showcasing McNair Scholar Alyssa Schiff’s research this summer! Alyssa did a content analysis of newspaper articles to see how they characterize environmental justice in Delaware. It was a pleasure to guide such a talented young scholar! More to come from this effort!