Sustainability's Dilemmas and Environmental Justice (III): Additional 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: 4:40 PM / 5:55 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 Andre M Eanes*, University of Richmond, Todd R Lookingbill, University of Richmond, Jeremy S Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, Kelly C Saverino, University of Richmond, Stephen S Fong, Virginia Commonwealth University, Assessing inequitable urban heat islands and air pollution disparities with low cost sensors in Richmond, Virginia 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Pradnya Garud*, University of Arizona, Urban gardening a secret to sustainable waste management in Mumbai, India? 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Didier Desponds*, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Residential mobility and noise pollution around airports: towards a typology of the social behaviors? 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Amber Grant*, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University; Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance Group (UFRED), Ryerson University, Andrew A Millward, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University; Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance Group (UFRED), Ryerson University, Sara Edge, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University, Lara Roman, US Forest Service, Philadelphia, Northern Research Station, Cheryl Teelucksingh, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University, Pursuing environmental justice in Philadelphia, USA through community organizing and urban tree-planting 15 5:25 PM
Discussant Troy Abel Western Washington University 15 5:40 PM

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