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Environmental Inequality

Environmental policy does not just affect nature and climate; it affects human beings around the globe. There is a great need to consider the effects of environmental inequality—not everyone is equally protected from health and environmental hazards regardless of race, gender, income, or national origin.

The Nicholas Institute is working the national, state, and local levels to study environmental inequality through its Environmental Justice Lab and the PLANET Project.  

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The PLANET Project

We live in times of serious and daunting social, economic, and political challenges, in no small part because of unprecedented, human-induced shifts in natural systems. Response to these challenges requires social and political innovations.

Environmental Justice Lab

With the Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the State Policy Program has initiated three environmental justice research community-building projects.

Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative

The Initiative is facilitating a broad, collaborative discussion among stakeholders to explore opportunities for reducing energy insecurity in the Southeast.