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Sustainable Metropolitan Communities

Posted by UEPI on July 10, 2008

Sustainable Metropolitan Communities and Regional Equity

Edited by Paloma Pavel
Introduction by Carl Anthony

Forthcoming, MIT Press

Sustainable Metropolitan Communities and Regional Equity brings together the leading organizers, researchers and policy analysts, who tell the stories and provide the analysis about the growing movement for regional equity and sustainability.
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Environmental Justice In Latin America

Posted by UEPI on June 27, 2008

Environmental Justice in Latin America ImageEnvironmental Justice in Latin America:
Problems, Promise, and Practice

David V. Carruthers

March 2008, MIT Press

Environmental justice concerns form an important part of popular environmental movements in many countries. Activists, scholars, and policymakers in the developing world, for example, increasingly use the tools of environmental justice to link concerns over social justice and environmental well-being. Environmental Justice in Latin America investigates the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice movement, offering analyses and case studies that examine both the promise and the limits of environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean–both as a rallying point for popular mobilization and as a set of principles for analysis and policymaking. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Day that People Filled the Freeway

Posted by Bob Gottlieb on June 18, 2008

Robert Gottlieb and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris discuss Arroyofest and the future of LA’s historic Arroyo-Seco Parkway and how they hope it will play a part of LA’s bike-friendly urban environment. The article, “The Day that People Filled the Freeway” appeared in the April 2004 issue of DISP Journal.
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Review: Just Sustainabilities

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Review by David R. Orvos in October 2003 issue of Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics . Read the full review here.
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Few books link scholarly research, theory, and activism in the manner that Just sustainabilities successfully accomplishes. This is indeed a seminal achievement that I highly recommend.
I believe the text should be required reading in any significant sustainable development course as it offers a plethora of possibilities for an instructor using the included case histories to facilitate discussion and research. I was consistently challenged by the diverse views of the authors and appreciated the documented references.
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Review: Degrees That Matter

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Review by Peter Hopkinson in July 2007 issue of the Nature . Read the full review here.
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For anyone who is responsible for energy or carbon management in a university, or is seeking to engage students and faculty in climate change, this book is compulsory reading. The chapters on personal action and climate change in the classroom are borne out of extensive experimentation and experience at Tufts and provide real stimulus for action within higher-education establishments.
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Review: Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Review by Peter R. Jutro in November 2007 issue of the Environmental Health Perspectives . Read the full review here.
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The book capably illuminates the sweep of Commoner’s involvement in social issues of the last half-century, and makes a major contribution to the literature on the origins of current environmental debates.
We get from Egan an analytical, reasoned picture of Commoner—clearly a seminal figure in the history of American environmentalism—and of his role in that environmentalism. Commoner’s background, biases, aspirations, and intentions are well described and intriguingly tied to analyses of his activities.
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Street Science

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Street Science:
Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice

Jason Corburn

August 2005, MIT Press

When environmental health problems arise in a community, policymakers must be able to reconcile the first-hand experience of local residents with recommendations by scientists. In this highly original look at environmental health policymaking, Jason Corburn shows the ways that local knowledge can be combined with professional techniques to achieve better solutions for environmental health problems. He traces the efforts of a low-income community in Brooklyn to deal with health problems in its midst and offers a framework for understanding “street science” — decision making that draws on community knowledge and contributes to environmental justice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy

Edited by Nancy J. Myers and Carolyn Raffensperger

November 2005, MIT Press

The precautionary principle calls for taking action against threatened harm to people and ecosystems even in the absence of full scientific certainty. The rationale is that modern technologies and human activities can inflict long-term, global-scale environmental damage and that conclusive scientific evidence of such damage may be available too late to avert it. The precautionary principle asks whether harm can be prevented instead of assessing degrees of “acceptable” risk. This book provides a toolkit for applying precautionary concepts to reshape environmental policies at all levels. Its compendium of regulatory options, detailed examples, wide-ranging case studies, and theoretical background provides both citizens and policymakers with the basis for acting on any issue in any situation — whether it’s pesticide use at local schools or a new international regulatory system for chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Precautionary Politics

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Precautionary Politics:
Principle and Practice in Confronting Environmental Risk

Kerry H. Whiteside

November 2006, MIT Press

The precautionary principle–which holds that action to address threats of serious or irreversible environmental harm should be taken even in the absence of scientific certainty–has been accepted as a key feature of environmental law throughout the European Union. In the United States, however, it is still widely unknown, and much of what has been written on the topic takes a negative view. Precautionary Politics provides a comprehensive analysis of the precautionary principle–its origins and development, its meaning and rationale, its theoretical context, and its policy implications. Kerry Whiteside looks at the application of the principle (and the controversies it has stirred) and compares European and American attitudes toward it and toward environmental regulation in general. Read the rest of this entry »

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Power, Justice, and the Environment

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Power, Justice, and the Environment:
A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement

David Naguib Pellow and Robert J. Brulle (Eds.)

November 2005, MIT Press

For almost 30 years, the environmental justice movement (EJM) has challenged the environmental and health inequities that are often linked with social inequities, calling attention to the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by low-income and minority communities. The successes of the movement have been celebrated, and the EJM’s impact on the direction of environmental policy, research, and activism is widely acknowledged. But the literature on environmental justice lacks a real assessment of the movement’s effectiveness. This book provides just such a critical appraisal, examining EJM’s tactics and strategies, rhetoric, organizational structure, and resource base. With chapters by both scholars and activists, the book links theory and practice with the aim of contributing to a more effective movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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