Seeking Greenspace Equity Throughout Maryland

From providing cooling shade to helping clear the air of pollutants, green space is absolutely vital to the health, vitality, and quality of life of local neighborhoods. CEEJH is working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to develop a tool for mapping greenspace across the state.

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MD EJSCREEN

The CEEJH team has worked in partnership with the National Center for Smart Growth, faculty at the School of Public Health, and the Maryland Environmental Health Network to develop an environmental justice screening tool for the state known as Maryland Environmental Justice Screen (MD EJSCREEN).

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Environmental Benefits Districts in Prince George's County

Many disenfranchised communities have a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards, a high concentration of psychosocial stressors, and inequities in planning, zoning, and development. Environmental Benefits Districts (EBDs) may be a solution to the problem of environmental injustice because of the focus on equitable and positive development.

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Buzzard Point: Is DC Really United?

Buzzard Point in Washington, DC, is a neighborhood facing the brunt of urban environmental injustice. Through pollution from multiple sources and a lack of environmental amenities, residents have been exploited and drowned out to make way for further development.

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Toxic Air in Ivy City, Washington, DC

The Ivy City Right to Breathe Partnership brings together members from grassroots organizations such as the Ivy City Civic Association and Empower DC, a neighborhood community, and universities including Howard University, the University of Maryland-College Park, Trinity Washington University, and George Washington University to work for Environmental Justice in a traditionally African American neighborhood in the nation’s capital.

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Local Traffic is Choking Latinx Neighborhoods in Langley Park, MD

Langley Park is a multicultural community composed of over 80% Latinxs with household incomes that are 83% lower than the rest of Prince George’s County. Individuals in this area are exposed to commuter and industrial traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) including particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and other pollutants which can have adverse health outcomes including asthma, stroke, heart disease, and pre-mature mortality.

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Brandywine, MD as a "Sacrifice Zone" for the DMV

Brandywine, MD is an unincorporated community with less than 7,000 residents (approximately 72% are African-American) in Southern Prince George’s County. Being unincorporated means it does not have a mayor, town council, or representative government. This lack of political representation has led to Brandywine being exploited by County leadership and state officials to act as a dumping ground.

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Impact of CAFOs on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware

Dr. Wilson and CEEJH team members worked with the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP), Protecting Our Indian River, and the communities of Sussex County, Delaware to protest the establishment of poultry processing plant in Millsboro, DE--an environmental justice community facing the environmental hazards of a coal-fired power plant, two superfund sites, a concrete factory, and an existing poultry processing plant.

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