Pursuing Environmental Justice

We all have a right to live, work, and play in a safe and healthy environment regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.

Low-income communities of color across the United States often face disproportionate burdens of exposure to pollution. They are also burdened with higher rates of illnesses associated with environmental contaminants compared with the rest of the population. These groups are far more likely to work with industrial agents that increase cancer risk, have less access to institutions that protect them, and suffer disproportionately from exposures to harmful chemicals where they live. Reducing disparities in exposures to environmental contaminants and promoting environmental justice ensures that everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy, and productive life.  

Related Projects

The goal of the Lead and Healthy Homes project is to evaluate the effectiveness of lead hazard control programs at reducing other chemical hazards, including exposures to pesticides, allergens, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

We are investigating endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products used by Black and Latina women to better understand how exposures contribute to health disparities.

We are investigating whether low‐income and minority communities in the U.S. have higher levels of contaminants in their drinking water. 

Our Household Exposure Study in Northern California was the first comprehensive analysis of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in low-income, minority homes, and the first study to test for large numbers of EDCs outdoors.