Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This proportionate burden is known as environmental injustice which is caused by racism embedded in our social, economic, planning, and environmental policies. These LULUs emit pollutants to the air, water, and soil that can have deleterious effects on the environment and human health. Studies have shown that host communities experience higher rates of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and also COVID-19 cases. In this presentation, the speaker will talk about how community-engaged research approaches including community-university partnerships, public science, citizen science, and community-owned and managed research (COMR) can be used to study and address these issues. Dr. Wilson will highlight examples from his work in the Washington, DC region, the Southeast, the Deep South, and the Gulf Coast. He will discuss primarily how these approaches can be used to help impacted communities address air quality problems that tend to be a result of environmental injustice in BIPOC communities and low-wealth communities. Attendees will learn how to define environmental justice, how to apply the environmental justice framework to everyday issues, learn about different types of community engaged research approaches, and be able to discuss how these approaches can be used in communities with air pollution problems.
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MLA CE Credit: 1