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Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice (YouTube/Facebook)

Mar 11 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Disparate Environmental Impacts (PDF)


New Jersey is known as the Garden State, but few understand that the name was meant to highlight the fact the other states such as New York and Pennsylvania traditionally used New Jersey as their garden—a place to take beneficial resources for their own use and then bury their refuse, back when it was customary to bury your garbage in your backyard.  But why? Why do some locations and some populations end up with most of the environmental problems and others reap most of the benefits? And what can we do about it? From economics to discrimination, this talk focuses on the various causes of environmental inequality and its effects, and on ways that these inequalities can be prevented.  

Maritza Jauregui, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sustainability at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Growing up in area of NJ where chromium blooms in recreational fields were common and where the dumping of construction debris and other unwanted materials was expected, she became extremely interested in why it was that some NJ towns always seemed to get the unwanted facilities while others seemed untouched. Dr. Jauregui’s research focuses on the social, economic and historical factors that produce environmental hazards in vulnerable communities and on sustainable solutions to promote resilience.

Closed captioning will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, and funded by the American Library Association's, "Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change" pilot program.

Option Green 2021 Program Community Partners

  • Highland Park Public Library
  • Matawan-Aberdeen Library
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library
  • North Brunswick Library
  • Old Bridge Public Library
  • Plainsboro Public Library
  • South Brunswick Public Library
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