List of ways to connect on environmental justice at UVA

Students - If you are interested in both equity and the environment, there are many ways to connect on environmental justice (EJ) at UVA. Consider plugging in if you haven't already.

 

1) The Environmental Justice Collective is a CIO that hosts great events and is building an EJ space for BIPOC students and community members. Follow them on Instagram @ejcatuva

2) Most spring semesters, Professor Kimberly Fields teaches "Intro to Race, Class & the Environment" and Professor Sally Pusede teaches "Air Pollution" which focuses heavily on the themes of disproportionate impacts and environmental justice. Check out these and many other course offerings around the environment and social justice.

3) The Equity and Environment Fund, supported by UVA's Civic Engagement Subcommittee, is available for student-led projects that explore and address the intersection of equity, justice and sustainability. Students, faculty, staff, and community groups can apply to fund projects, research or events.

4) You can help distribute E&E Fund awards by serving on the student review board for the fund. Any student who is passionate about either equity, the environment, or both is encouraged to email sustainability@virginia.edu to inquire about serving on the review board.

5) The Office for Sustainability frequently has openings for interns in a variety of areas, including for outreach and engagement on environmental justice issues. Interns work ten (10) hours per week and are paid $15 per hour. Email us at sustainability@virginia.edu

*BONUS*

There are a number of fantastic community groups in the Charlottesville area that focus heavily on environmental justice. Consider broadening your learning and involvement across UVA and beyond with any of these organizations:

  • The Repair Lab - Racial injustice and climate change are the two most urgent challenges facing democracies today. The Repair Lab seeks to understand the relationship between the two, and deepen our understanding of the causes, consequences, and countermeasures of environmental and climate injustice locally and around the world. 
  • The Community Climate Collaborative - Ensuring an equitable transition to clean energy and a sustainable future means addressing the needs of all members of our community. That’s why C3 aims to infuse inclusion, diversity, and equity into each of their programs and their policy work.
  • Cultivate Charlottesville's Food Justice Network - The Food Justice Network is working together to build a healthy and just food system for all Charlottesville community members, no matter an individuals’ race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, economic background, or neighborhood location.

 

Environmental justice is all about people and stories, so consider learning more about just one of the thousands of BIPOC and Latinx activists protecting our planet and its people, Ana Sandoval.

https://www.girlmuseum.org/ana-sandoval/