Environmentally just policies and decisions protect the rights of all people to safe, healthy and sustainable environments. They are driven by the communities that are most impacted by environmental inequities, and address historical and continuing sources of exclusive practices which have led to an uneven distribution of environmental hazards and benefits across race and socio-economic status.
Sound Policy Institute worked with Professor Rachel DeMotts for the first offerings of the Topics in Environmental Justice Course (ENVR 253) in Spring of 2019 and 2020. This course is open to participation by the campus and greater community and features local organizations working on Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Land Dispossession and Climate Justice issues. To learn more about the 2019 class experience visit the Puget Sound Climate Blog, which documented each course session from that year. The course offered in the spring and is open to the greater campus and community.