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!
Recently, I have been giving guest lectures to classes at UD on why a social and environmental justice perspective is important for students in the natural sciences. In spring 2019 semester, for example, I gave two guest lectures to the graduate course Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC 608), taught by Dr. Don Sparks and Dr. Jason Fischel. In those lectures and discussions, I emphasized why the students’ training and skill sets are particularly salient to environmental justice communities in addressing legacies of social structural injustice. By providing a lens on the social sources of environmental injustice to natural science students, we can help to foster well-rounded scientists that use their training to not only advance science, but address social and environmental inequities by prioritizing historically burdened communities for cleanup and remediation. The work was supported by a grant from the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy at the University of Delaware.
Example of questions I ask students when we consider the roles of scientists in collaboration with environmentally burdened communities (drawn from the work of Sabrina McCormick).
A current effort in the community of Southbridge to mobilize against the possible siting of a steel slag plant was recently illustrated by Jeanne Kuang in the Delaware News Journal.