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Environmental Justice Essay Collection

These essays were submitted by faculty in preparation for the InTeGrate Environmental Justice workshop in April 2013.


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Cultivating Action: Environmental Justice in the Environmental Science Classroom
Kate Darby, Allegheny College
Kate Darby, , Allegheny College Too often, environmental studies/science courses and students begin with the presumption of a people-free environment. When I ask students in a lower-division environmental science ...

Some of us are more "in it" than others
Deborah Jackson, Earlham College
Deborah Jackson, , Earlham College In Southwestern Ontario, just across the St. Clair River from Michigan's "Thumb," is the largest concentration of petrochemical plants, refineries, and related ...

Using GIS to investigate Environmental Justice
Abu Badruddin, Cayuga County Community College
Abu Badruddin, , Cayuga County Community College I have been teaching GIS and remote sensing courses with the inception of our GIS program. I always intended to bring students to my GIS classes from across the ...

Community Capacity-Building & Environmental Justice
J. Kyle Bryant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
J. KYLE BRYANT, , U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-REGION 4 Before people "care what you know", they must first "know that you care"! This phrase rings so true for the countless EJ ...

Addressing the Complexity of Teaching Training Teachers Through a Social and Environmental Lens
Matthew Nyman, Oregon State University
Matthew Nyman, , Oregon State University This is my first foray into explicitly addressing social and environmental justice issues in my teaching and, I have to admit, I do not have a super high comfort level with ...

Environmental Justice as a Pre-(Environmental)Professional Prerequisite
Lauren Waterworth, Appalachian State University
Lauren Waterworth, , Appalachian State University Introduction: I teach in the Geology department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I am also a practicing attorney in the field of ...

Environmental Justice -- When Is it Absent?
DIANE BERES, Ripon College
DIANE BERES, , Ripon College The course in which my teaching of environmental justice occurs is "Introduction to Environmental Studies." It is primarily taken as an intro to the major or to fulfill a ...

Incorporating Environmental Justice as Part of a Holistic Approach to Environmental Science Courses
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
Mike Phillips, , Illinois Valley Community College At the beginning of my professional career, I worked for an environmental consulting firm investigating hazardous waste sites throughout the Midwest. I ...

Environmental Justice: making students comfortable about the uncomfortable
April Baptiste, Colgate University
April Baptiste, , Colgate University I was first exposed to the concept of social justice as a teaching assistant during graduate school. This course exposed me to concepts of social justice and its relation to ...

A Philosophy for Teaching and Living in a Just Environment
Paul Jeffries, Ripon College
Paul Jeffries, Philosophy Department/Environmental Studies Program, Ripon College, March 2013 My approach to teaching about environmental justice is, in large part, affected by the context in which I teach. Ripon ...

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