The challenge of alleviating energy poverty remains to be fully addressed. In a "key findings" brief for the Scholars Strategy Network, I suggest three ways restructuring of the processes and procedures of the the two primary low-income energy assistance programs (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance programs) could improve impact and effectiveness.
In 2013, nearly 14 million US households had unpaid utility bills and 2.2 million households had their utilities disconnected. One strategic solution has been to address residential energy efficiency; however, the absence of readily available data on household energy use and efficiency presents and impediment to effectively targeting programs to those most in need. My … Continue reading Study finds spatial, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in energy efficiency
My current research project relies on two of the most recognized rallying cries of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, "I Can't Breathe" and "Hands Up," to illustrate metropolitan air quality disparities and the disproportionate burden of poor air quality on communities of color and lower socioeconomic status. While numerous studies suggest that communities of color and lower socioeconomic status face … Continue reading ‘I Can’t Breathe:’ Race, Place, Class, and Disparities in Metropolitan Air Quality
Lower-income urban neighborhoods are less likely to have trees. The Washington Post conducted a study of the city's tree canopy, that concluded: Lower-income neighborhoods were substantially less likely to have trees, with the city's densest greenery clustered west of the 16th Street Northwest fault line that divides some of Washington's wealthiest neighborhoods from the rest … Continue reading Trees, Heat & Inequality
A special thanks to AG Grønlandsposten (AG Greenland Post) journalist Andreas Lindqvist for covering this story.
By Sarah Goodyear For all our new familiarity with the idea of Greenland as a global climatological force, we don’t often think about it as a place where people live. With only 56,000 souls living on 836,000 square miles, it is the least densely populated country in the world. Most residents are concentrated in a … Continue reading In Greenland, an Urban Heat Island Is Growing Fast
When you’re a researcher, curiosity is step #1! In this case I hope my curiosity leads to a greater understanding of people and place and their connection to science and research. The Kangerlussuaq Museum boasts about the area’s history as a US military air base during WWII and the Cold War, a place for polar … Continue reading Who said curiosity killed the cat? Making connections in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland