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Environmental Justice Lab (EJL)

The study of environmental justice is the study of environmental inequality. Environmental inequality refers to the uneven distribution of environmental burdens (such as being exposed to toxins and waste disposal sites) and benefits (like access to clean water and safe neighborhoods) across space and time. EJL examines how space and place affect human and environmental well-being. 

We aim to promote more sustainable communities by democratizing access to environmental resources, promoting shared governance, and increasing equity and community participation in decision-making processes around liveable healthy places, water security, food access, climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness, and more. This lab raises the questions as to why marginalized communities are on the frontlines of environmental harm and how we can transform our communities so each and all can thrive, advancing research that educates and advocates for the interests of people and sustainable communities in West Virginia and greater Appalachia.


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Listening Project

This Listening Project is a platform for meaningful conversations where we can share our stories, empower one another, and communicate our hopes to create change and transformation in our state of West Virginia

Listening Project
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Waterlink aims to democratize water resources management, governance, and equity by including citizen and communities in the decision-making   around water security and climate change adaptation.

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EJ Atlas

The Environmental Justice Atlas is a platform that highlights case studies of resilience and environmental injustices across West Virginia. The EJ Atlas democratizes access to information that communities can work with to develop their resilience plans for climate action, water security, food security, health care access, and building more sustainable communities.

EJ Atlas


TBOH is a partnership of health advocates driven by our vision of a healthier West Virginia. We understand that achieving this vision depends upon changing policies, systems and environments in ways that address health disparities and improve our quality of life.

Take Back Our Health
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ClimateLink is an online atlas, tool, and educational resource that provides educators, communities, and decision makers with data, maps, visualizations that explore the effects of changing air temperature and precipitation on West Virginia.