Air Pollution and the Environment

Environmental Justice has become a major issue in federal and state policy, yet there remain important gaps in the research and there are significant challenges in producing the concept in a way that can both garner public trust and ensure a cost-efficient approach to improving environmental quality for all—and particularly for those communities in which environmental conditions are most grave. After the landmark victory in 1994 in which President Clinton signed an Executive Order directing every federal agency to identify and rectify “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations,” high levels of inequality by race and income persist. The goal of this work is to track progress (or lack thereof) toward environmental equality in order to hold government regulatory agencies and private companies accountable, conduct research to better understand the causes and consequences of environmental inequality, and to communicate the results in a way builds public understanding and support for Environmental Justice.

Publications


 

Near-roadway pollution and childhood asthma: Implications for developing "win-win" compact urban development and clean vehicle strategies

Environmental Health Perspectives
By Laura Perez, Fred Lurmann, John Wilson, Manuel Pastor, Sylvia J. Brandt, Nino Künzli, and Rob McConnell

September 2012

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Hidden Hazards: A Call to Action for Healthy, Livable Communities

December 2010

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Justice in the Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution from America's Industries and Companies to Our States, Cities, and Neighborhoods

By Michael Ash, James K. Boyce, Grace Chang, Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, and Jennifer Tran

April 2009

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Cumulative Impacts in East Oakland: Findings from a Community-Based Mapping Study

By Communities for a Better Environment and other partners, the California Air Resources Board, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, and Rachel Morello-Frosch

September 2008

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Video

Up in the Air: The Fight for Clean Air in Boyle Heights

News

Uneasy Breathing -- Air Pollution in Oakland
By Jane Kay
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2008

Oakland residents test neighborhood air quality
By Alan Wang
ABC 7
September 22, 2008

OAKLAND: Study Says Industry Causes Health Problems in East Oakland
OAKLAND (BCN)
September 22, 2008

Groups convene to address environmental concerns in East Oakland
By Kamika Dunlap
Oakland Tribune
September 18, 2008

Events

Chair's Air Pollution Seminar Series: CARB Seminar

Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, and James Sadd, Ph.D., Occidental College

April 21, 2010 | 1:30pm

  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291