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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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Finding the Origin of Environmental Injustice in a Broad Social and Historical Context
Josefina Li, Bemidji State University
Josefina Li, , Bemidji State University I have just begun my teaching career at Bemidji State University as a Ph.d candidate from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. In Kansas City, the economic department ...

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" region, is the largest concentration of petrochemical plants, refineries, and ...

The Uneven Burden of Risk: My Approach to Teaching Environmental Justice
Anna Versluis, Gustavus Adolphus College
Anna Versluis, , Gustavus Adolphus College I address environmental justice in the 200-level Nature and Society course that I teach annually at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. This course is required ...

Building Partnerships for Educational Activities in Environmental Justice Communities
Herb Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Herb Wang, , University of Wisconsin-Madison Environmental Justice (EJ) is a topic that lends itself well to the goal of civic engagement. In 2007 I gave a presentation titled "Incorporating Social Justice ...

Calculating Costs: Economic and Environmental Justice in Urban Geography
Christopher Cusack, Keene State College
Christopher Cusack, Keene State College Environmental justice stands as one of the great challenges of the 21st century. In community after community, the juxtaposition of wealth and poverty and of clean versus ...

Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Julie Rothbardt, Monmouth College
Dr. Julie Rothbardt, Department of Political Economy and Commerce, Monmouth College Defining CSR Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been defined by interest groups, organizations, and academicians in ...

Teaching Environmental Justice with Rhetorical Theory: Ecofeminist Wayfinding, Emplacement, and Agency
Lisa Phillips, Illinois State University
Lisa L. Phillips, , Illinois State University Thus far I have experienced environmental justice pedagogy as a student more than as a teacher. As a graduate student in English Studies with a focus on rhetorical ...

Close Readingand Close WritingEnvironmental Justice
Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College
Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College Close Readingand Close WritingEnvironmental Justice As an English teacher equally concerned about the health of our global ecosystem and committed to the concept of ...

Environmental Justice in Energy and Water Studies
Karen Berger, University of Rochester
Karen Berger, University of Rochester My first exposure to environmental justice was when I co-taught a course by that name as an undergraduate student through the Stanford Workshops on Political and Social ...

From Politics and Policy to Place-based Inquiry and Globalization
Richard Kujawa, Saint Michaels College
Richard Kujawa, Saint Michaels College Probably the most important background to this essay is that I am a broadly trained Human and Environmental Geographer. I work at a small Liberal Arts College in a beautiful ...



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