Month: April 2022

EJ Mapping Project Discussed at CIRCA – CEEL Earth Day Conference

Communities of all sizes and locations are being challenged by the present realities of climate change. University of Connecticut’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law (CEEL), the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), and the Diversity Alliance co-hosted the CEEL Annual Earth Day Conference. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together specialists in environmental law, municipal finance, climate and marine science, community planning and more. During this virtual conference, participants:
  • Explored the relationship between food, equity, environmental justice, and climate change;
  • Learned about new tools and policies to assess and address climate vulnerability;
  • Recognized issues and overlap between resilience science, financing, and planning; and
  • Learned about support for and development of a Connecticut resilience project pipeline.

Session C: Climate Tools and Policy focused on emerging tools and their future role in environmental justice efforts.

Summary: This breakout session draws attention to the widening field of environmental and climate justice mapping and data analysis tools that seek to identify overburdened and underserved communities. These tools focus on depicting data related to environmental exposures, socio-economic indicators that amplify risks, and additional conditions that limit the community’s ability to reduce harm. Data and data-driven resource allocation can be another exercise in power and privilege without adequate safeguards on their deployment. While these new tools offer a potential for long overdue recognition and redressing of compounding burdens, the way that these tools are integrated into policies and programs will be a critical factor in their efficacy.  The panelists, all of them engaged in climate change, environmental justice, and/or public policy, bring unique perspectives on the role these tools play in policies that could have multi-generational impacts on environmental justice communities.

Moderator: Eloise Reid, Environmental Justice Community Coordinator, UConn CIRCA

Panel Members:

  • Laura Bozzi – Yale Center on Climate Change and Health
  • Yaprak Onat – UConn CIRCA
  • Aziz Dehkan – CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
  • Lee Cruz – Community Foundation of Greater New Haven

You can explore other information about the conference or check back for the Session C: Climate Tools and Policy recording.