How the Pandemic is Exposing Environmental Health Disparities and the Rural Context of Vermont's Environmental Injustice

Vermont's rural context and overarching demographics can obscure existing environmental injustices, and prevent them from being identified as such. Hear about how the Rural Environmental Justice Opportunities Informed by Community Expertise (REJOICE) Project is engaging with frontline communities and relevant state agencies to explore and identify what environmental injustice looks like in Vermont. These areas include access to affordable energy, healthy food, public transportation, safe and affordable housing, safe and meaningful work opportunities, and adequate health services. We were joined by Kesha Ram, former state legislator and Interim Director of Center for Whole Communities; Marianne Engelman-Lado, Director of the Environmental Justice Clinic at Vermont Law School; and Jennifer Byrne, Environmental Justice Clinic Fellow. Recorded May 20, 2020