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Hosted by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, SPPUA in Action Seminar Series is a community-building initiative that brings together faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the School to share their current work, in either research or practice. The goal is to strengthen the School’s network by discussing ideas and showing its diversity of projects.  

Citizen Science and Stakeholder Engagement: Environmental Justice

October 20, 2020
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Both incidence and death rates from Covid-19 are higher in low-income areas and communities of color. Blacks and Latinos are being hit with a double whammy. They are more likely to be in low-income jobs that leave them exposed to the virus and because they live in neighborhoods that tend to be highly polluted, Blacks and Latinos are more susceptible to asthma and related conditions that leave them more vulnerable to the virus. In this seminar we examine how scientific evidence is gathered by “citizen scientists” working with scientists in the public and private sectors and universities to document pollution in communities of color and low-income neighborhood.

We will hear about three very different types of citizen science projects. The first is a Conservation Law Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Study, a longitudinal Participatory Action Research (PAR) study looking at the relationship between urban development and community health. The second explores citizen science led by a community organization in partnership with university researchers and the private sector in West Oakland. The third is led by Boston’s Museum of Science, in partnership with university researchers and community organizations.

Guest Speakers:

  • Reann Gibson, Conservation Law Foundation, CLF Ventures Senior Research Fellow
  • Ms. Margaret Gordon, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
  • Azibuke Akaba, Bay Area Air Quality Management District 
  • David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science

Register here.