Presenter Information

Tianyang Zhou, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

In the United States, communities with a large percentage of minority or low-income household appear to be disproportionally exposed to environmental pollutants. The intersection of race and socioeconomic status may results in this inequality of rights to an adequate living standard and human health. This project intends to explore the extent to which underprivileged communities are disproportionally affected by environmental degradation problems. The environmental problems are represented by fracking sites location and nuclear plants location across the country. The spatial distribution of the most affected counties with various environmental problems will be mapped. Spatial analysis suggests that a large portion of the affected counties is the county with a relatively high percentage of population living in poverty or having a relatively high percentage of minorities. I also hope to determine if EPAs environmental clean-up sets any priority for underprivileged counties.

Faculty Sponsor

Manny Gimond

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

232

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May 1st, 10:00 AM May 1st, 11:00 AM

Environmental Justice in the US: Fracking and Nuclear Plant Site Location and Their Spatial Relationship to Low-income Communities

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

In the United States, communities with a large percentage of minority or low-income household appear to be disproportionally exposed to environmental pollutants. The intersection of race and socioeconomic status may results in this inequality of rights to an adequate living standard and human health. This project intends to explore the extent to which underprivileged communities are disproportionally affected by environmental degradation problems. The environmental problems are represented by fracking sites location and nuclear plants location across the country. The spatial distribution of the most affected counties with various environmental problems will be mapped. Spatial analysis suggests that a large portion of the affected counties is the county with a relatively high percentage of population living in poverty or having a relatively high percentage of minorities. I also hope to determine if EPAs environmental clean-up sets any priority for underprivileged counties.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/405