Using Satellite Data and Scientific Information to Advance Environmental Justice: What Does Success Look Like?
A VALUABLES webinar examining how decisionmakers can use satellite data and scientific information to advance environmental justice and equity
Government agencies and other organizations produce scientific information, including satellite data, that can generate value for society. Many of these organizations have a stated goal of realizing this value through improved environmental justice outcomes. However, the linkages between scientific information and environmental justice are often unclear.
On Monday, November 14, the VALUABLES Consortium hosted a webinar in which we discussed the channels and mechanisms that agencies can use to leverage their knowledge and data to advance environmental justice. We identified opportunities for agencies to address environmental justice concerns and maximize the impact of their Earth observations on environmental justice issues; for instance, efforts to reduce the inequitable burden of environmental harm. We also examined how agencies can develop quantifiable metrics to measure progress toward environmental justice goals.
- Hannah Druckenmiller, Resources for the Future
- Kelly Maguire, US Department of Agriculture
- Ufuoma Ovienmhada, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Yusuke Kuwayama, RFF and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Moderator)
- Bethany Mabee, Resources for the Future (Moderator)
Hannah Druckenmiller is an environmental economist and fellow at RFF. er research aims to provide empirically based estimates for the environmental benefits and economic costs associated with natural resource protection.
Assistant Administrator for the Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Research Assistant, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab and PhD Student in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yusuke Kuwayama is a fellow at RFF and an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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