Last Friday, I attended an Environmental Justice data meeting with Chelsea at the Allegheny Department of Health. The University Center for Social and Urban Research led the meeting. The mission of the meeting was to create a list of data sets that the community (most attendees were in the realm of environmental work) needed to address related to environmental justice. I learned that to indicate environmental justice status the 20/30 rule was used—30% minority and/or 20% below the poverty line. The community brainstormed ideas like access to green space, income, education, food deserts and food access, access to transportation, and land use. These ideas were all later matched to data that was previously gathered, for example, Department of Agriculture’s list of food deserts. As I hope to apply my interest in social justice to environmental issues in a future career, this was a great learning opportunity for me.
Weekly Update: Allegheny Health Department
August 3, 2016