On December 3, 2020, a small group of community and campus staff (Scott Tess, Morgan White, Ximing Cai, Sharva Hampton-Campbell, Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span, Ruby Mendenhall, Meredith Moore) brainstormed key prin
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Environmental Justice Plan (In Progress)
Build Resilience with Our Local Community
- Contribute to a Regional Climate Action Plan
- Develop Local Carbon Offset Program
- Environmental Justice Plan
- Green Jobs
- Local Sustainability Issues
- Participate in Regional Green Teams
- Participate in Regional Sustainability Events
- Rainwater Management Plans
- Urban Biodiversity Master Plan
- Vision Zero Campus
Developing an environmental justice plan focuses on the human component of climate resilience, with an emphasis on communities that have been historically marginalized and underserved, and are therefore disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, heat waves, air pollution, and public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. To develop a thoughtful and comprehensive environmental justice plan, we must identify existing programs within our local communities (which currently operate independently) to recognize common principles and points of contingency. Students and faculty members will conduct environmental vulnerability assessments of campus and local populations, identifying the communities that are most at risk and assessing opportunities to provide valuable, sustainable solutions.
We are pursuing the necessary steps to implement economically and environmentally feasible solutions in vulnerable communities, focusing particularly on resources to improve food security (e.g., shuttle systems to grocery stores, food trucks, and community gardens). We will also identify locations where cooling centers are needed for residents, and seek opportunities to incorporate educational components wherever possible.