ENV 107 Environmental Justice

This course introduces students to environmental issues through the lens of the environmental justice (EJ) movement. Students will explore how the impact that exposure to environmental hazards have on an individual's health. Topics include air and water pollution, toxic chemicals, industrial waste, lead, mercury, and the effects of climate change. Access to or lack of affordable healthy food and safe places to engage in physical activity will also be discussed. These topics will be explored using a social, political and economic lens. Using a case study approach, students will examine and explore local, national and global EJ issues with particular emphasis on civil rights, equity, community assets and the active role of citizens in affecting positive changes. Field trips in the local community and action-oriented class projects will also provide students "hands-on" experiences with EJ issues.