The following information contains notes and data gathered by Tyler Swanson to help establish an Environmental Justice Plan for the campus.
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Environmental Justice Plan (In Progress)
Recent Project Updates
Contribute to Regional Climate Action Plans
- Champaign County Hazard Mitigation Plan
- City of Champaign Plans
- Environmental Justice Plan
- Greenways and Trails
- Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer designation
- Mapping Sustainability
- Rainwater Management Plans
- Urban Biodiversity Master Plan
- Urbana Climate Action Plan
- Urbana Park District (UPD) Climate Action, Resilience, Education and Sustainability (CARES) Plan
The iCAP 2020 objective 8.3 is to "Develop a collaborative plan for environmental justice that will assess metro area resilience and actively address related issues. The plan should be written and publicized by FY24." The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is iSEE.
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.
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