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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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Identifying the Spatial Injustice of the Environment
Andrew Scholl, Wittenberg University
Andrew Scholl, , Wittenberg University Trained as a physical geographer I came to the issue of Environmental Justice when I started teaching a 100 level Environment and Society course. This is a general education ...

Environmental Justice as a Strategy for Student Engagement
Julie Maxson, Metropolitan State University
Julie Maxson, , Metropolitan State University During the past six years, I have taught introductory Environmental Science at an urban public university in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Metropolitan State University was ...

Engaging Students in Research-Led Learning on Environmental Justice
Sya Kedzior, Towson University
Sya Buryn Kedzior, Towson University I prefer to teach and learn about environmental justice by having students engage in active research in the local community. By doing research, collecting and analyzing data, ...

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 ...

Cultivating Action: Environmental Justice in the Environmental Science Classroom
Kate Darby, Western Washington University
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 ...

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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