Events Archive - Environmental Inequality
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Kay Jowers, senior policy associate in the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, will explore avenues for working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and communities to support and resource progress toward environmental justice.
In this talk, Dr. Sara ‘Perl’ Egendorf will discuss a novel framework for understanding coupled human and natural systems and experimenting with systemic changes, illustrated by the case of soil lead (Pb). She will trace systemic interactions and interventions between people and soil Pb at micro-, meso-, and macro- scales, emphasizing misconceptions revolving around phytoextraction, and discussing why plants have limited abilities to uptake and remove Pb from soil.
This presentation will offer perspectives on how institutional partners can use asset- and systems-based approaches to engaging with community and discuss the range of engagement strategies Communities in Partnership (CIP) and its university partners use to create just community-based research partnerships.
In this webinar, Lauren Patterson will discuss the water affordability gap in the U.S., why affordability is hard to measure, and what we are learning about the scale of affordability challenges. She will also demonstrate the new Water Affordability Dashboard as one tool to explore affordability and financial capability within and across utilities.
Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative Webinar: Creative Financing Options — Green Banks, On-Bill, and PACE
This subject matter expert webinar will focus on innovative financing mechanisms such as green banks, inclusive on-bill financing programs, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.
Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative Webinar: Percentage of Income Payment Programs (PIPPs)
This subject matter expert webinar will focus on Percentage of Income Payment Programs (PIPPs), which enable eligible low-income customers to pay a percentage of their income toward electric and gas service, rather than paying the full monthly bill.
This subject matter expert webinar is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the different types of utilities that exist in the Southeast and their respective business models.
In this Pb Seminar, "Legacy Urban Soil and Dust Lead Contamination and Children's Blood Lead Seasonality: The Main Driver of Lead Poisoning in America?" Dr. Mark Laidlaw talks about seasonality in children's blood lead (Pb) levels and the links to legacy lead in urban soils.
Martin Doyle, Director of the Water Policy Program, will speak at "Infrastructure Priorities: Water’s Role in Promoting Equitable Planning and Investment," part of the virtual event series Beyond Talking Points: Policy Solutions for Environmental Justice. The event will feature faculty experts from across Duke and the Aspen Institute to discuss the connection between environmental justice and a variety of other policy areas.
Jackson Ewing, Senior Fellow, will speak at "The Role of Environmental Justice in International Trade and Diplomacy," part of the virtual event series Beyond Talking Points: Policy Solutions for Environmental Justice. The event will feature faculty experts from across Duke and the Aspen Institute to discuss the connection between environmental justice and a variety of other policy areas.
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, in partnership with Appalachian Voices and North Carolina Justice Center, invites you to join the Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative, which will kick-off on Thursday, May 27, from 1–4 p.m. The purpose of the Initiative is to facilitate a broad, collaborative discussion among stakeholders to explore the opportunities for reducing energy insecurity in the Southeast.
Please join us via Zoom to hear Dr. Katrina Korfmacher talk about coalition work in Rochester, NY that led to meaningful policy change and became a national model for reducing childhood lead (Pb) poisoning rates.
Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi will present recent work that characterizes potential soil lead (Pb) exposure risk at the household scale in Greensboro, North Carolina, using an innovative combination of field sampling, statistical analysis, and machine-learning techniques. Soil samples were collected at the dripline, yard, and street-side at 462 households (total sample size=2,310) and then analyzed for Pb. These data were then combined with publicly available data on potential historic Pb sources, soil properties, and household and neighborhood demographic characteristics.
Senior Policy Associate Kay Jowers will join an expert panel for "Social Justice, Asymmetries of Power and the Climate Crisis," as part of the free webinar series Global Coalition for Community Climate Action, a leadership development initiative presented by American University of Beirut, Duke University, EARTH University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Please gather your lunch and join us via Zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m. EST to hear Christopher Timmins discuss how local pollution exposures disproportionately impact minority households and present work considering exposures to lead specifically. In this seminar, he will describe recent findings that discriminatory steering by property managers alone can explain a disproportionate number of minority households who are exposed to greater levels of pollution.
Kay Jowers, Senior Policy Associate, will co-facilitate "Community-Rooted Practices for Creating Equity" as part of ReCONNECT for the Future.
This discussion will investigate the interconnectedness of one’s home and their health. Housing can be linked to a wide variety of systemic inequalities, including health outcomes. These outcomes and inequalities are exacerbated during COVID-19, when people are spending more time in their homes than ever before.
Dr. Bruce Lanphear will offer an overview of what is known about the health outcomes of low-level lead exposure, with an emphasis on interventions and policies to prevent this important public health problem. This talk is occurring as part of a new project on “Understanding and Controlling Urban Soil Lead Contamination and Its Impact on Public Health” supported by the Nicholas Institute’s Catalyst Program.
Join us at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum Symposium as we hear about hot topics in the field of environmental law and policy, including the 50th anniversary of the EPA, COVID-19 and ties to energy and transportation, and environmental justice. An open Q&A will follow at the end.
Please gather your lunch and join us via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 12:00pm EST to hear Dr. Anna Wade and Dr. Dan Richter, Jr. talk about “Mapping Legacy Soil Lead in Durham, NC”. Through a Bass Connections research-education project, they have worked to produce the first city soil-lead map in the state. The team sampled urban soils in public spaces, parks, streetside right of ways, and in and around private homes across the city. They have also mapped Duke University’s East campus using a portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer.