Synopsis: In New Jersey, whereas ‘sustainability’ is often presumed to be the concern of affluent, primarily suburban, whites, ‘environmental justice’ powers the environmentalism of the urban, poor and brown.
Start Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:30 PM
End Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:00 PM
Location: Blake Hall
Address: 93 Lipman Drive
Campus: George H. Cook
Room: 131
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: Dr. Melanie McDermott, , Assistant Research Professor, Department of Human Ecology and Senior Researcher, Sustainability Institute, The College of NJ
Sponsor: Department of Human Ecology
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Additional Information: The most highly urbanized state in the nation, New Jersey is also highly socio-spatially segregated.  Poverty, populations of color, and environmental burdens are concentrated in cities surrounded by green and leafy suburbs. This context provokes the question: does suburban ‘sustainability’ rest on urban environmental injustice?   Making racial equity integral to the concept and practice of sustainability requires these divergent movements and constituencies be brought together. This paper examines the case of Sustainable Jersey, a state-wide municipal sustainability certification program that has embarked upon such an effort.  The first stage involves coming to shared conceptual clarity on what ‘sustainability’ and ‘equity’ mean and how they interrelate as social goals at different scales. You are invited to help think through how to operationalize this connection in our towns and cities in order to realize a future Garden State that is both just and green. Melanie McDermott is Senior Researcher at the Sustainability Institute of The College of New Jersey. Her responsibilities include defining state and local sustainability goals and indicators and designing standards for the municipal certification program ‘Sustainable Jersey.’  
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