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Environmental Justice, Communities and Just Energy Transitions

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Energy and Environment Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 1
Organizers: Marissa Bell, Sara Peterson
Chairs: Marissa Bell

Description

We are running this virtual session as an asynchronous flipped session. We invite you to watch the presentations before the scheduled session. Links will be provided here by Friday April 3rd. We then invite you to participate in a live Q&A followed by discussion. The Q&A will be organized by sub-theme and will be followed by a general discussion centered on our overarching theme. The live session will be held on Zoom, and a link to the zoom meeting will be provided here.

In recent years we have seen the emergence of the field of energy justice and, concurrently, we have seen the centering of communities in discussions of energy policy, security, consumption, and transitions. In this time, communities have gained prominence as both the objects and subjects of energy debates, as the focus of conversations have increasingly turned to understanding both the ways in which existing energy decision-making procedures impact communities as well as the ways in which these same communities might become empowered within these energy decision-making and governance processes. This focus on communities is essential to effecting sustainable, just, and equitable energy for communities; it is all the more invaluable in a cultural climate rife with uncertainty, political distrust, and 'false news'.

Through this session, we would like to shed light on the various forms of environmental governance that center communities in some form or another and facilitate conversations among the diverse range of geographers working in this domain. Recognizing and embracing the wide range of focus areas and methodological approaches that are pertinent to questions of environmental governance, communities, and energy justice, we are excited to announce a variety of abstracts organized around three themes:

i. COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING
a. “Influencing the Right of Way: Assessing Landowner’s Power, Risk, and Responsibility in Pipeline Easement Negotiations” Kirk Jalbert, Katherine Dickinson, Natalie Banacos, Jennifer Baka.
b. “Contesting Private Power: Energy justice, renewables, and economic resilience in Pueblo, Colorado's citizen-driven campaign for a municipal electric utility” Ethan Greenberg, Corina McKendry
c. “Participatory budgeting’s promise and limits in Fresno: Insights from labor organizing scholarship”, Keith Broyer Brown, Alex Karner
d. “Energy Democracy and Commons: Exploring ‘commoning’ practices in the energy sector”, Anais Varo
e. “Landscapes of Consent: Community Recognition in Nuclear Waste Siting”, Marissa Bell
f. "Accessible Environmental Justice: Using Citizen Science and Low-cost Equipment to Map Disparities in Urban Air Quality", Andre Eanes

ii. ASSESSING AND OPERATIONALIZING ENERGY JUSTICE
a. “Solar development in Southeastern California”, Charmaine Delisay, Jennifer Bernstein, Jennifer Swift
b. “Remaking Our Energy Future in South Africa”, Ebenaezer Appies
c. “The Transformative Capability of Just Transition Policy: A Framework for Analysis”, David Ciplet
d. “Metrics of Community Resilience: Estimating the social Burden of attaining critical services following power disruptions”, Sara Peterson

iii. GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND INSTITUTIONS
a. “Just Energy Transition under the International Climate Change Regime”, Denise Fernandes, Diana Dorman
b. “Conflicting policy goals of energy justice: Affordability or sustainability in Eastern Europe?”, Michael LaBelle
c. “Mapping the policy corridors of the coal community transitions in the U.S. West”, Kelli Roemer & Julia H. Haggerty
d. “Sustainable Energy for All? Assessing Distributive Justice in the Green Climate Fund’s Energy Finance”, Diana Dorman, David Ciplet


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kirk Jalbert*, Arizona State University, Katherine Dickinson, Colorado School of Public Health, Natalie Banacos, Colorado School of Public Health, Jennifer Baka, Pennsylvania State University, Influence in the Right of Way: Assessing Landowner’s Power, Risk, and Responsibility in Pipeline Easement Negotiations 5 11:10 AM
Presenter Ethan Greenberg*, Colorado College, Contesting Private Power: Energy Justice, Renewables, and Economic Resilience in Pueblo, Colorado's Citizen-Driven Campaign for a Municipal Electric Utility 5 11:15 AM
Presenter Alex Karner*, University of Texas - Austin, Keith Brower Brown, University of California, Berkeley, Richard Marcantonio, Public Advocates Inc., Louis Alcorn, University of Texas - Austin, Participatory budgeting’s promise and limits in Fresno: Insights from labor organizing scholarship 5 11:20 AM
Presenter Anais Varo*, Northeastern University | University of Giorna, Energy Democracy and Commons: Exploring ‘commoning’ practices in the energy sector 5 11:25 AM
Presenter Marissa Bell*, University At Buffalo, The Nuclear Community Complex: Examining siting of nuclear infrastructure in existing nuclear landscapes 5 11:30 AM
Presenter Andre Eanes*, University of Richmond, Todd Lookingbill, University of Richmond, Kelly Saverino, University of Richmond, Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, Accessible Environmental Justice: Using Citizen Science and Low-cost Equipment to Map Disparities in Urban Air Quality 5 11:35 AM
Presenter Charmaine Dalisay*, University of Southern California, Jennifer Bernstein, University of Southern California , Jennifer Swift , University of Southern California , "Solar Development in Southeastern California: A field-based learning experience combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies” 5 11:40 AM
Presenter Ebenaezer Appies*, Stellenbosch University, Richard Halsley, Project 90 by 2030, Tina Schubert, Project 90 by 2030, Remaking Our Energy Future: Towards a Just Energy Transition (JET) in South Africa 5 11:45 AM
Presenter David Ciplet*, , The Transformative Capability of Just Transition Policy: A Framework for Analysis 5 11:50 AM
Presenter Sara Peterson*, University at Buffalo, Susan Clark, University at Buffalo, Metrics of Community Resilience: Estimating the social burden of attaining critical services following power disruptions 5 11:55 AM
Presenter Denise Fernandes*, University of Colorado, Just Energy Transition under the International Climate Change Regime 5 12:00 PM
Presenter Michael LaBelle*, Central European University, Conflicting policy goals of energy justice: Affordability or sustainability in Eastern Europe? 5 12:05 PM
Presenter Kelli Roemer*, Montana State University, Julia H Haggerty, Montana State University, Mapping the policy corridors of the coal community transitions in the U.S. West 5 12:10 PM
Presenter Diana Dorman*, University of Colorado, David Ciplet, University of Colorado-Boulder, Sustainable Energy for All? Assessing Distributive Justice in the Green Climate Fund’s Energy Finance 5 12:15 PM

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