Assessing the State of Environmental Justice in Michigan

Show simple item record Grier, Laura Mayor, Delia Zeuner, Brett
dc.contributor.advisor Mohai, Paul 2019-05-09T12:33:22Z NO_RESTRICTION en_US 2019-05-09T12:33:22Z 2019-04 2019-03
dc.identifier 344 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study sought to address the research question, “What is the state of environmental justice in Michigan?” In doing so, the team addressed the feasibility of creating a publicly available, accessible Michigan-specific screening tool that would display environmental, social, and health data relevant to environmental justice. This research had two main components: one qualitative and one quantitative. Qualitative methodology involved conducting semi-structured, in-depth interviews with thirty environmental justice leaders in the state of Michigan. Quantitative methodology involved comparing the data and methodologies used in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) EJScreen, California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) CalEnviroScreen, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Story Map and What’s in My Neighborhood screening tools. Publicly available social and environmental data from the US Census Bureau, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and US EPA were spatially and statistically analyzed according to CalEPA and MPCA’s methodologies. A map incorporating best practices from both agencies was created and uploaded onto ArcGIS Online to demonstrate the feasibility of creating a Michigan-specific screening tool. Results of this research demonstrate that environmental harms and goods are not equitably distributed throughout Michigan, that developing a Michigan-specific screening tool is feasible and desired, and that a screening tool must be accompanied by strong state-level policy addressing environmental justice. This study contributes to the understanding of vulnerable communities in the state, and serves as a baseline to which progress in environmental justice can be measured. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject environmental justice en_US
dc.subject screening tool en_US
dc.subject environmental justice policy en_US
dc.title Assessing the State of Environmental Justice in Michigan en_US
dc.type Project en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename Master of Science en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline School for Environment and Sustainability en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember na, na
dc.identifier.uniqname lagrier en_US
dc.identifier.uniqname deliamd en_US
dc.identifier.uniqname bzeuner en_US
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