The USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, social movement building, and immigrant integration. Learn about PERE >>
September 2, 2014
On the heels of Mayor Garcetti's announcement of a proposed minimum wage bump this past Labor Day, PERE's Manuel Pastor looks back at a previous wage increases in his recent Huffington Post entry. Pastor evaluates the reactions he has heard time and again and what the research shows, and suggests analysis from a broader perspective.
June 27, 2014
The latest op-ed in the Huffington Post by Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch that brings health and equity concerns to the forefront of the debate on the EPA's proposed "Clean Power Plan Rule."
Pastor and Morello-Frosch offer a compelling analysis of the proposed Rule's effects through a climate justice and public health lens. The authors point out that lowering greenhouse gas emissions—and their toxic co-pollutants—can yield immediate health benefits for communities of color.
We are excited to welcome three new staff members:
We also have a group of new (and continuing) graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and interns this summer.
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"...a more nuanced understanding of the data and the questions being asked would probably lead one away from a breathless conclusion that a new and fundamental shift in Latino assimilation is occurring."
by PolicyLink and PERE
The newest regional equity profile in partnership with PolicyLink, "An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida" shows how communities of color are driving the region's population growth, and how addressing racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity can lead to inclusive economic growth for all.
April 24, 2014
"Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity" is a a joint USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Center study conducted on behalf of the Los Angeles Business Council Institute. This report discusses the benefits of investing in solar equity "hot spots" in LA and how focusing on high-need and high solar potential communities can spur economic growth, foster environmental sustainability, and create social equity in the workforce.
We're hosting a discussion and book party featuring co-author, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, about her recent book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. Join us to learn more about new organizing strategies, and how organizers can engage middle class communities in movement building for social change.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
USC Leavey Library Auditorium (in the basement)
February 2014 through April 2014
PERE has partnered with KCET Departures for a series of articles exploring what transportation equity means for Los Angeles and its residents. Based on the research from our report, "An Agenda for Equity," this series features guest writers and neighborhood stories from organizations creating their vision of the Next L.A.Learn more about the series >>
By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez
PERE tells the story of the early years of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, and offers a narrative to support conversations and efforts to shape its future. PERE created three-part storyline linked together by an overarching concept of "Just Health"—a vision for California centered on equity.
by Jennifer Tran and Sarah Treuhaft
Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model is a joint report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) which documents the costs of racial inequities and the work under way to address these disparities in the state. The report addresses:
By Jeffrey O. Sacha, Jared P. Sanchez, Ange-Marie Hancock, and Manuel Pastor
A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-Engaged Research Centers within Universities explores the relationship between universities and the public through the recent development of progressive community-engaged research centers (PCERCs).
By Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander
An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County puts forward a framework for how investing with equity can lead to more sustainable economic growth for a region, and highlights why equity matters at every stage of transportation planning and development.
Join us on October 23, 2013 at USC Kaprielian Hall, Room 445.
By Juan D. De Lara, Ph.D.
Juan De Lara, PERE affiliate researcher, releases new report highligthing the needs of blue-collar warehouse workers and their families in the midst of economic recovery.
By Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Jim Sadd
This article appears in the August 2013 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; www.awma.org). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.
BHC Youth Program Inventory Survey 2013
By Veronica Terriquez and Abdiel Lopez
An All-In Primer: Demographic Change and the Economic Imperative of Equity
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
By Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline Wander