Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Policy

    

Policies for zoning laws or taxes can for many of us at first blush like a distant, dry, even boring, topic. But policies have very real impacts on all of us, every day. Consider your own neighborhood: the height of the buildings, the presence of green space, the accessibility and affordability of healthy food or public transportation. Or, in rural communities, consider the agriculture and irrigation employed and access to clean water. All of these everyday realities are affected by policy decisions. 

Policies therefore also connect to justice. Low-income, minority communities are more likely to be negatively impacted by ecological degradation and pollution than those with political or economic power. The Jesuit call to work for justice requires that we engage in addressing the policies, then, that make a more just society more or less possible. 

Work we support

Tanya Hayes teaches environmental policy and has an international focus in her research. Tom Antkowiak's interests include international human rights and indigenous rights. Catherine O'Neill focuses on issues of justice in environmental law and policy. 

 

CEJS Highlights

Just Sustainability Conference


From August 7-9, CEJS welcomed 160 participants at its 2nd biennial Just Sustainability Conference at Seattle University. Just Sustainability offered an opportunity for academics and practitioners to share ideas and discuss solutions to our shared sustainability challenges.

Thank you presenters, volunteers, sponsors, and all attendees for making Just Sustainability 2016 a great success. 

Find out more about the conference and view the JS2016 photos and videos.

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