Sustainability's Dilemmas and Environmental Justice (I): Quantitative Perspectives

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 9
Organizers: Jonah White, Troy Abel
Chairs: Jonah White


This paper session presents critical cross-disciplinary examinations of environmental justice’s dilemmas for sustainability from several geography specialists and experts from other fields. Many portray sustainability as a harmonious nexus of ecology, economy, and equity popularized with a Venn diagram of three overlapping spheres. Others advocate a fashionable triple-bottom line for business. Urban leaders continue to pursue urban greening strategies to improve livability and redress inequities. However, a growing body of geography and other disciplines see more contradiction, dissonance, and discord than progress in many sustainability efforts.

Environmentalism and sustainability experienced a racial reckoning while geographies became more divided by race, class, and pollution. The political power asymmetries driving these patterns are also often obscured in sustainability scholarship. Increasingly, studies document how environmental projects ranging from environmental remediation to green space creation either fail to deliver benefits equitably or result in unintended and negative consequences for the most vulnerable populations. Yet, sustainability scholarship still pays too little attention to the ways sustainability policies and movements interact with socioeconomic, political, and historical processes in the production of more or less equitable spaces.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kelly C Saverino*, University of Richmond, Emily Routman, University of Richmond, Todd R Lookingbill, University of Richmond, Andre M Eanes, University of Richmond, Jeremy S Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, Rong Bao, University of Richmond, Thermal Inequity in Richmond, VA: Analyzing Urban Heat Associations with Socioeconomic and Land Use Factors 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Rong Bao*, University of Richmond, Todd R. Lookingbill, University of Richmond, Exposure to Air Pollution and Vulnerability to COVID-19: A case study of spatial disparity and community resilience of Richmond 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Nicole Oveisi*, George Washington University, Fast-Food Prevalence and Disparate Health Outcomes: A Food Justice Analysis of Washington, DC 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Robin Basalaev-Binder*, McGill University, Is there a ‘sustainability premium’? : Who can afford to live in green walkable neighbourhoods in Canada? 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Jonah White*, Michigan State University, Air Pollution Emissions and Gentrification Indicators in Seattle: An Environmental Justice Account 15 2:30 PM

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