Environmental Justice Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert

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Other titles Environmental justice (Online), Environmental justice
ISSN 1939-4071
OCLC 162158419
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Mary Ann Liebert

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Publications in this journal

  • Environmental Justice 08/2015; DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0009
  • Environmental Justice 08/2015; DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0010
  • Environmental Justice 08/2015; 8(4):144-150. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0012
  • Environmental Justice 08/2015; 8(4):151-156. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0015
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    ABSTRACT: Access to safe water and adequate living standards are recognized as basic health requisites and human rights worldwide. Nevertheless, socially marginalized women across the globe are currently facing threats to safe water access, which has dire implications for their health and that of their children. The City of Detroit, Michigan has recently shut off water services to over 50,000 residences, with low-income and racially marginalized women and their families disproportionately affected. The conditions for many Detroit residents are not unlike those in Monrovia, Liberia, where lack of access to safe water and substandard environments have contributed to the ongoing Ebola epidemic and subsequent maternal and infant mortality. Utilizing a comparative analytic approach rooted in postcolonial feminist theory and intersectionality, our commentary draws parallels between these two timely water, human rights, and reproductive justice crises in Detroit and Monrovia. We explore how public discourse and proposed solutions have failed to acknowledge the historical contexts and sociopolitical determinants of these crises, which have urgent and long-lasting implications for women's reproductive health and social justice worldwide.
    Environmental Justice 06/2015; 8(3):150604071042001. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0004
  • Environmental Justice 06/2015; 8(3):86-94. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0006
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    ABSTRACT: Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed 76,000 buildings with over 300,000 housing units; nine percent of the total housing in New York City. Sandy also damaged 405 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, affecting 35,000 units. Affected residents were forced to move in with family, temporary housing, or endured long periods without heat or electricity, as most building systems were located in flooded basements. Additionally, workers, volunteers, and residents who engaged in cleanup were potentially exposed to raw sewage, mold, asbestos, lead, dust, carbon monoxide, as well as electrocution; slips, trips, and falls; and construction-related safety hazards. Stress and trauma were also significant. These exposures may cause death, disease, and injury. The need to provide protection programs and effective training crosses a number of populations including day laborers, volunteer groups, and residents who are involved in cleanup and rebuilding. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) has provided funding to more than 20 grantees including universities, labor unions, and other organizations to provide effective worker health and safety and disaster preparedness and response training for more than 20 years. This has built a critical infrastructure in the targeted industrial sectors and unions. WTP has also been active in disasters including September 11, Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, and Sandy. Preventing injury and disease in all the groups that are involved in disaster response, cleanup, and rebuilding warrants extending the NIEHS health and safety programs to volunteers, residents, and worker populations who previously have not had access to hazardous materials and related training programs. This can be accomplished by adapting health and safety programs and just-in-time training to the needs and cultures of these groups. These efforts should also further ongoing approaches to empower grantees and end-users so that they can independently build dynamic health and safety and training programs into their disaster preparedness and response work.
    Environmental Justice 06/2015; 8(3):105-109. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0008
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    ABSTRACT: Residential gardens have been understudied as spaces for community building, health, housing improvement, and environmental justice. While research in the environmental justice and food justice literatures have focused primarily on community gardens, there continues to be a dearth of research and understanding of the benefits and potential challenges of home gardens, for individuals, families, and communities. This community based research project examines a cohort of 36 families that received a home garden, training classes, plants and supplies, and technical support in the spring, summer, and fall of 2013 through a program run by Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND). MEND is an antipoverty organization operating in Pacoima, a low-income, historically industrial, and predominantly Latino neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. We follow families through one planting cycle, interviewing participants upon receiving their garden and through their first harvest. While in the first stage of a multi-year effort, our data demonstrates the potential for home gardens to contribute to household food budgets, increase pride in homes, motivate community involvement, and provide proximate pockets of green space. This project is a first step towards filling the gap in the literature on home gardens and their potential role in greening communities burdened by historical pollution.
    Environmental Justice 04/2015; 8(3):150429080953002. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0005
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    ABSTRACT: Scholars, policymakers, and activists widely accept that low-income neighborhoods tend to lack amenities such as healthy food and employment opportunities. Most studies concerning access to these amenities assume that residents either drive a personal vehicle or walk to their destination, yet many low-income urban residents rely on public transit systems to access supermarkets and employment. This is especially true in Baltimore, a city where 11% of households do not own a personal vehicle. This study provides a methodological approach to incorporate these concerns into spatial analyses of food deserts and employment access. The method uses metropolitan planning organization-defined transportation analysis zones (TAZ) as the unit of analysis and evaluates public transit access to healthy food (i.e., supermarkets) and employment opportunities from each TAZ. This analysis can be used by decision makers to identify areas for improvement and ensure that transit-dependent individuals have good access to employment and healthy food sources. Twenty-four TAZs are identified as high-priority for transit improvements, many of which include former industrial areas and company towns, demonstrating the impact of historical development patterns on current populations in Baltimore. Considering budget constraints of transit agencies, this methodological approach can be used to make cost-effective and impactful transit improvements that address the needs of transit-dependent residents.
    Environmental Justice 04/2015; 8(3):150429080836003. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0003
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines the question of socioeconomic equity in sustainable cities. Of the three pillars of sustainability, social equity is typically the least researched by scholars and the least addressed by local governments. This gap in the research and policymaking is problematic, particularly, when considering how the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century will disproportionately affect those in lower socioeconomic strata. In order to address these gaps in knowledge and gain a fuller understanding of how sustainable cities address socioeconomic equity, a survey was sent to 135 cities across the United States. The ultimate objectives and goals of this study were to assess how city officials in sustainable cities address these issues of socioeconomic equity, to determine what factors (if any) influence the performance of city officials on the study, and to gain greater understanding on which socioeconomic equity categories and specific policies city officials are likely to favor. Key findings include significant relationships between subcategories and the impact of education levels, Hispanic populations, and geographic location on predicting performances. The article concludes with a discussion of the findings and their implications for urban policymakers and researchers of urban sustainable practices.
    Environmental Justice 04/2015; 8(2):57-63. DOI:10.1089/env.2015.0002
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    ABSTRACT: In 2014, seven years after the initial conviction, CITGO Petroleum and Refining was sentenced for criminal violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Prior to sentencing, close to 1,000 fenceline community members petitioned the court to be declared victims of CITGO's crimes under the federal Crime Victim's Rights Act (CVRA). The district court granted the petitioners' victim status after a long court battle involving an appeal to the Fifth Circuit years prior; but ultimately awarded no compensation or restitution to the environmental crime victims. This article provides an analysis of the trial, sentencing, and legal maneuvering, based on field research and participant observation. We conclude with a discussion of legal opportunities for relief that the CVRA may provide for environmental justice communities and victims of environmental crime across the country.
    Environmental Justice 04/2015; 8(2):47-50. DOI:10.1089/env.2014.0036
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    ABSTRACT: Since the mid-1990s, various qualitative methods have been extensively used in environmental justice (EJ) research. However, majority of the studies fail to explain in rich detail how particular qualitative method(s) of data collection and analysis have been used and what epistemological stance(s) inform their research design. This article underscores the need to attain methodological precision in EJ studies by demonstrating how the meta-theories of critical realism and social constructionism can be linked to forms of discourse analysis to understand different dimensions of a fundamental EJ concern—the process of environmental inequality formation in hazardous workplaces.
    Environmental Justice 02/2015; 8(2):150205131904005. DOI:10.1089/env.2014.0027
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to investigate legal tactics employed by lawyers in Massachusetts working on environmental justice cases, and to explore lawyers' perceptions and uses of scientific expertise and data. Semi-structured one-on-one interviews with eight lawyers in Massachusetts focused on each lawyer's most recent environmental justice case, opinions on future legislation, and interactions with scientific data. Currently, there is no environmental justice law in Massachusetts. Lawyers practicing environmental justice often employ a “whatever works” approach to achieve the desired results of their client groups. While there was consensus among the lawyers regarding the need for science in their work, they were apprehensive about scientists' communication styles, costs of data and expertise, and definitions of causation. However, the interviewees admitted that scientific data can inform community organizing, media messaging, lobbying efforts, negotiations, and other tactics often employed to achieve environmental justice. Findings suggest a framework for how lawyers perceive their environmental justice cases. The results highlight tensions between law and science in the field of environmental justice, whose resolution would have implications for environmental equity and public health more broadly. Increased collaboration and understanding of both legal and scientific underpinnings may lead to more productive lawyer-scientist partnerships.
    Environmental Justice 02/2015; 8(1):150205131943008. DOI:10.1089/env.2014.0024
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    ABSTRACT: Lead contamination was introduced into U.S. surface soils at high concentrations during the last century, mainly as a result of lead-based paints and leaded gasoline products. Although these products have not been available or used since the 1995 ban on lead additives in gasoline for automobiles, lead continues to remain in the surface soils of inner cities. Lead (Pb) is a neurotoxin that has been linked to violence and reduced intelligence in children from long-term exposure to contaminated soils. Philadelphia is a city with a history of industrialization and provided a home to several Pb smelters, which extracted Pb from minerals and recycled Pb-waste to use in manufacturing these commercial products. Soils were analyzed in former industrial and non-industrial locations within Philadelphia. Overall, Pb concentrations were found to be higher at locations near former lead smelters than residential sites. Pb concentrations were also elevated in a soil sample adjacent to an old home with visibly weathering paint. One soil sample was further analyzed for its mineralogical composition and was found to contain Pb mostly in the form of an organic compound similar to the tetraethyl-lead compound in leaded gasoline. This study suggests that gasoline was an important source for Pb in surface soils, and that Pb contamination in Philadelphia soils may be quite widespread and not limited to former lead smelter sites and areas adjacent to buildings that contain lead-paint. Further analyses are necessary in order to create a more detailed perspective of existing trends in Pb contamination in Philadelphia soils.
    Environmental Justice 02/2015; 8(1):6-14. DOI:10.1089/env.2014.0008
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    ABSTRACT: Low-income, communities of color have historically been exposed to disproportionate amount of toxins from air, water, and land. While the environmental justice (EJ) movement has fought to eliminate environmental concerns, less attention has been given to the health impacts of phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) found in common products used in the home, workplace, and schools. Our review of 23 research articles shows that a potential connection between BPA and phthalates exposure in consumer products to adverse health outcomes needs to be further explored. Revisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act are necessary and it is imperative that future policy efforts recognize and use a cumulative risk assessment approach to understand and address the negative health impacts brought on by both chemicals.
    Environmental Justice 02/2015; 8(1):15-19. DOI:10.1089/env.2014.0015