Environmental Justice and Ethics Incorporated into Environmental Decision-Making

Whiting School of Engineering Programs for Professionals

Program Type: Graduate   Course Number: EN.575.752 (81)   Credits: Unknown   Semester: Spring

Location: Online   Date and Time: N/A
Instructor(s): K. Tzoumis  

This course focuses on the environmental justice and ethics problems facing environmental engineers, planners, and managers. It explores the foundations of the environmental justice movement, current and emerging issues, and the application of environmental justice analysis to environmental policy and planning. It examines claims made by diverse groups along with the regulatory and government policy responses that address perceived inequity and injustice. The course will study the mechanisms that give rise to class, racial, and other kinds of disparities that impact environmental decision-making. This includes the study of affected constituents, communities, industry, government, environmental activists, policy makers, and scholars, allowing students to learn about the causes and consequences of inequitable distributions of environmental benefits and hazards. Students will learn about various methods for researching environmental justice issues and strategies for formulating policies and collaborating with communities. In this course, students will review environmental justice theories and perspectives through case studies of Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native American Nations. The class will focus mainly on the United States, but will include aspects of international issues and perspectives through research projects.

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
— Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985