Addressing Cumulative Impacts: Lessons From Environmental Justice Screening Tool Development and Resistance

February 2022
ELR 10111
Arianna Zrzavy, Molly Blondell, Wakako Kobayashi, Bryan Redden, and Paul Mohai

This Article discusses how disparate environmental burdens can be addressed using environmental justice (EJ) screening tools. It identifies states that have developed state-specific EJ screening tools, analyzes these tools’ functions, and identifies strategies to overcome resistance to them. The authors conducted interviews with multiple stakeholder groups to understand how state-specific screening tools are used, and make a series of recommendations for states to follow as they proceed in their efforts to develop EJ screening tools.

Arianna Zrzavy is an Analyst for ILLUME Advising, LLC. Molly Blondell is a Program Manager at the Yale School of Environment. Wakako Kobayashi is a Digital Engagement Associate at the Global Strategic Communications Council. Bryan Redden is an Environmental Planner for the Environmental Resource Department in St. Lucie County, Florida. Paul Mohai is Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, a member of the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, and Lead Investigator on a project to advance development and use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN.

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