Sustainability's Dilemmas and Environmental Justice (II): Qualitative 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
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 9
Organizers: Jonah White, Troy Abel
Chairs: Troy Abel


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 Padmendra Shrestha*, University of Arizona, Spatial scales in addressing concerns of social and environmental equity in hydropower projects in Nepal 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Elham Hoominfar*, Utah State University, Claudia Radel, Utah State University , Contested Dam Development in Iran: A Case Study of the Exercise of State Power over Local People 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Ellie Cleasby*, University of Washington, Imagining Otherwise: Presenting Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) as a Case Study in Sustainability 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Olivia Vila*, North Carolina State University, Promoting equity in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation through leadership 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Dawn Weimer, University of Florida, Patrick Murphy, Temple University, Troy Abel*, Western Washington University, Meaningful Support of Tribal Involvement in Environmental Justice? 15 4:05 PM

To access contact information login