Martha Richmond

Chemistry and Biochemistry; Environmental Science Program

Suffolk University

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Martha Richmond: Using Lead in the Environment in Government 438: Environmental Policy and Politics at Suffolk University part of Lead in the Environment
"Lead in the Environment" was a 3 week module used to introduce the larger topic of Environmental Policy and Politics. It was very successful in first showing students how and why environmental lead is today considered a "wicked" problem—a geologic issue that has impacts on environmental health, environmental justice, and challenges for environmental regulation and policy. Before looking at environmental lead, students often do not understand the scope and implications of present-day problems. Many students told me that they were surprised and saddened to learn about difficulties still encountered because of environmental lead.