Exposure: An RFF-Urban Institute Series on Environmental Justice
An event series exploring how interdisciplinary research can inform better policy design and public investments to address inequities, past and present
About the Event Series
Environmental justice (EJ) is an imperative that is finally getting its national policy due. For many low-income neighborhoods, households of color, tribal communities, and other marginalized groups, environmental injustice compounds a legacy of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement. Recent presidential executive orders, appointments, and proposed legislation acknowledge the disproportionate burdens of negative environmental conditions and exposures, and reduced access to environmental benefits and amenities, placed on these populations.
Since the groundbreaking Toxic Wastes and Race and Dumping in Dixie published in the late 1980s first brought EJ issues to the fore, scholars have supported activists and journalists by investigating the mechanisms that create and perpetuate environmental inequities and exclusion and quantifying the extent of the problems. This combined scholarship and advocacy has led to improved monitoring and outcome tracking and some progress in finding solutions to persistent pollution problems. But inequities persist—and as the United States begins to reckon with the climate crisis, designing climate policies that benefit all communities will be imperative.
RFF and the Urban Institute are hosting this webinar series on the current state of EJ research across disciplines, examining how research can inform policy and identifying remaining gaps in knowledge. With panels of experts from the research and EJ advocacy communities, we will take a deep dive into issues related to cumulative environmental impacts, EJ screening tools, energy equity and transitions, benefit-cost analysis and regulatory design, disaster and climate adaptation, and the design of climate policies. The series will also ask how research can inform better policy design and public investments to remedy inequities, past and present.
Lessons from History and a Look to the Future
An introductory event in our new environmental justice series that will focus on the history and policy of environmental justice
Energy Equity and Transitions
A deeper look into the issues of energy justice, energy poverty, green jobs, and energy transition communities
Climate Impacts, Adaptation, and Resilience
A panel discussion on research in this area, grassroots advocacy, and policy challenges and solutions
Infrastructure Investments and Equitable Benefit-Cost Analysis
A deeper look at how benefit-cost analysis is used to determine who receives federal dollars for infrastructure investments
Research and Community Partnerships
Examining how researchers and environmental justice organizations can advance knowledge and work toward equitable solutions to environmental problems
Screening Tools, EJ Indexes, and Justice40
Understanding the uses of EJ screening tools—and the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches—for Justice40 and similar programs