In February 2017, I sat down with Denise Spranger, Communication Specialist in the School for Environment and Sustainability to answer a few questions from “the greatest piece of advise that someone gave me” to “my biggest hero” and even about “my very first job.” Below is an answer to one questions and you can read more here.
#8. What’s the greatest challenge in your work?
I think the greatest challenge in studying anything that deals with inequality is understanding that the problem persists, and that what you’re doing only plays a small role in addressing the larger forces that cause the issues. So, it can be a little disheartening, because you’re not going to see immediate changes. But you have to remember that you are a part of the solutions process.
“It’s a justice issue,” Reames says. “People with higher energy burdens are less resilient to climate change because they have fewer resources to adapt to extreme temperatures.”
October 31, 2016 by Nina Ignaczak | ModelDMedia.com
Interviewed: for GreenbuildTV at Greenbuild 2016, connecting technology, innovation, community, equity & education discussing the
@strtwyze app which crowd sources community info.
October 6, 2016 | Greenbuild Expo – Los Angeles, CA
Interviewed: Dr. Reames was interviewed, along with Ernie McClellan, by Washington Post Style at the grand opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum’s theme is “A People’s Journey, a Nation’s Story.” NMAAHC is the first Smithsonian museum to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.
September 24, 2016 | Washington Post Style – Washington, DC
“Millennials of all races are seeing this as a key issue of how they want the country to move forward,” Tony Reames, a research fellow at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, says. “The Flint water issue is one where citizens’ lives are being devalued based on their race and economic status. Do these citizens really matter, or are they just numbers … on a spreadsheet? That’s the issue younger voters are thinking about.”
January 20, 2016 by Daniel J. McGraw | NextCity.org
Research featured: Research on public participation in federal environmental justice activities, conducted with Dorothy Daley, for the recently published MIT Press book Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice, edited by David Konisky, was highlighted in The EPA has a plan to protect vulnerable communities. Will it work?
April 27, 2015 by Brentin Mock | Grist.org
Moderated environmental conference panel: Dr. Reames moderated a panel on environmental activism, energy conservation, food justice, and textile recycling at the Green Community Vision, Inc. Environmental Conference in Harlem, New York on April 18, 2015.
“In 2015, I look forward to increased dialogue between policymakers, academics, corporate interests, and communities, and meaningful action on the inherent inequalities in climate change mitigation and adaption.”
December 30, 2014 by Brentin Mock | Grist.org
SXSW Eco Panel: Tony joined Sherrell Dorsey, Joi Spears, Brentin Mock, and Jordan Howard on the Growing a New Generation of Green Leaders panel and discussed the importance of community-based participatory research, and the benefits of forming stronger connections between youth and environmental research to spark community change. Check out the Twitter dialogue at #nextgeneco.October 6-8, 2014 | Austin, Texas
Research featured: Nuuk, Greenland Urban Heat Island
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May 29, 2013 by Andreas Lindqvist | AG Grønlandsposten
on CityLab.com : In Greenland, an Urban Heat Island Is Growing Fast
And Nuuk, like cities around the world, is an urban heat island, according to research conducted by Tony Reames, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Reames, whose studies have focused on environmental justice in urban America, began his research as a class project, not sure what he would find. But the almost laboratory-like conditions of Greenland, he discovered, were a perfect place to measure the effect of human urban development on temperature, especially in the dark winter months.
May 22, 2013 by Sarah Goodyear | The Atlantic Cities
2013 Kansas City Earth Walk Top Individual Fundraiser
April 20, 2013 | Kansas City, Missouri