Climate change and pollution affect some populations more severely than others, and the disparities are often stark. Our urban planning and public health researchers are working with frontline communities to understand the consequences of carbon emissions for health, as well as the challenges and opportunities behind decarbonization strategies. The research team uses community-based participatory research methods, including surveys, photovoice, and storytelling to center the experiences of impacted communities. The project partners, which include the City of Austin, the Austin Independent School District, and the nonprofit EcoRise will then use these data to pursue small-scale greening projects; inform larger-scale climate mitigation initiatives; and shape environmental education curriculum and workforce development strategies. 

Team: Carmen Valdez (Social Work); Miriam Solis (Architecture); Tasha Banks (Community Engagement and Health Equity); Bjørn Sletto (Architecture); Keffrelyn Brown (Curriculum and Instruction); Sergio Castellanos (Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering); Yasmiyn Irizarry (African and African Diaspora Studies)