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Forging Equitable Scientist-Community Partnerships for Citizen Science Projects

Jackie James, Founder and Board Chair, and contributions by Dr. Shaun Crawford, Technical Advisor, , UCS

In 2014, I met Shaun Crawford at a Science for Action conference in New Orleans. With similar goals for our communities, we struck up a partnership, realizing science had to converge with civic action and community organizing to affect real change. Read more >

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Using GIS to Center Equity for Clean Transportation Investments in Massachusetts: The MassROUTES Screening Tool

Rachel Bowers, Nilakshi Chatterji, Alexandra Hiple, Ellie Lochhead, Luyi (Lucy) Xu, , UCS

In Massachusetts, communities of color are exposed to about 30 percent more fine particulate matter from transportation than predominantly white communities. At the same time, these communities also face socioeconomic challenges, including limited or no access to a working transportation system. This reality— that many people who are overburdened by transportation-related air pollution are also underserved by the transportation system itself— is an issue that mirrors widespread environmental injustices experienced across the country. Read more >

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Top Four Ways that the Biden Administration Can Center Environmental Justice Reform

, Research Analyst

One of the greatest tragedies in our country is that many communities—especially communities of color, low-income communities, and Indigenous communities—are unnecessarily burdened with higher levels of air pollution, contaminated water, and other environmental stressors. It’s a genuinely encouraging sign that the incoming Biden administration has pledged to carry out significant reforms to promote and center environmental justice. Here are our top four actions that we think the incoming Biden administration should take to fulfill this promise. Read more >

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TCI Health Study Shows Benefits, But More Needed to Address Inequitable Air Pollution

, Senior vehicles engineer

Communities across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. could see substantial health improvements from just modest changes in air quality, according to a new preliminary study released by a team of researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina. By investing in clean transportation solutions such as enhanced transit, safe and bikeable streets, and vehicle electrification, states in the region would not only experience lower greenhouse gas emissions, but also a drop in local air pollution. At a time when clean air is desperately needed, the health benefits of the proposed program are a step in the right direction, but we will need significant complementary policies to bring us into a truly equitable clean transportation future.
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Why is the Transition to Clean Cars by 2035 Critical? To Avoid Worsening Impacts of Climate Change and Air Pollution

, Senior vehicles engineer

California is already seeing the impact of climate change, with droughts, heat waves, and of course the unprecedented wildfires seen this summer. If the state follows through on the recent announcement from California’s Governor Newsom setting a target of 100% zero emission new car sales by 2035 and other states and countries follow, we can avoid even worse impacts of climate change. Read more >

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