Environmental justice spatial issues : analysis of Austin’s public schools and their proximity to environmental hazards

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2022-06-16
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Willis, Ottilia
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It is well documented that communities of color are disproportionately burdened with environmental harms. This report explores issues surrounding the location of environmental harms in Austin and the general social vulnerability of each Census tract in Travis county. It presents spatial patterns of toxic release inventories that self-report toxic chemicals they use and store. Each of these variables are considered in regards to the location of public schools to determine which schools are most at risk of being negatively impacted by these harms. Lastly, this report provides recommendations of organizations the City of Austin should partner with to support youth, as well as recommendations for school and toxic release site locations.

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