WGBH News’ Science Editor Dr. Heather Goldstone says that recent reports by Dr. Faber and colleagues found that in Massachusetts, low income communities bear about four times the environmental burden of higher income communities. More specifically, communities of color have more than 20 times the environmental burden of white communities. To read and/or listen to a discussion of this issue on NPR that draws heavily on the work by Dr. Faber and Dr. Eric Krieg, click here.
On January 19, 2015, Professor Faber was interviewed by the WGBH Program Living Lab in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The focus of the interview was about Massachusetts’ environmental justice issues, and the new reforms put in place by Governor Patrick. To listen to the interview, and/or read the Living Lab writeup of key points made during the interview, click here.
In November of 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed an executive order promoting environmental justice across the state. The measure is a “historic act,” says Northeastern sociology professor Daniel Faber, whose research over the past decade helped jumpstart the dialogue around this issue early on. For a discussion in the Northeastern News, click here.
The Dean’s Research Development Award: In January of 2013, Daniel Faber received a College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) Dean’s Research Development Award. The grants is designed to support CSSH faculty members’ research and lead to proposals for more significant support from external sources. Professor Faber will take a “climate justice” perspective in research on the vulnerability of the poorest populations in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories where rising sea levels, the salinization of water supplies, disease, and prolonged drought are rendering such islands uninhabitable. His research ultimately seeks policy prescriptions that address these impacts. Faber has been invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps to present his work at their workshop, which he hopes will generate significant non-governmental and governmental funding opportunities.