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Environmental Justice


Environmental justice is the principle that all people have equal protection under environmental laws and the right to participate in environmental decision-making in their community.  Environmental justice is a principle guiding U.S. environmental policy as well as an activist issue blending environmental and civil rights causes.  I am interested in the quantitative analysis of race, class, and other socioeconomic characteristics as they relate to indicators of environmental risk, particularly toxins produced from industrial and commercial activity.  Recent research has focused on the distribution of air toxic releases in New Jersey, as well as on racial equity in actions taken by agencies responsible for enforcing environmental policies.



Case Study: Environmental Equity in New Jersey