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Environmental justice and environmental racism

This is a topic-guide for environmental justice and environmental racism. Inside it you will find brief introductions to the topic, helpful videos, suggested readings, and links to Iowa State University Library resources.


Infrastructure refers to the basic physical and organizational structures needed for daily activity. Cases of environmental justice and/or racism that deal with infrastructure issues include topics like utility management systems (water, gas, electric, waste), urban space design, road systems, and industrial operations, among others. Disadvantaged populations are more likely to be subjected to infective structures, be displaced by infrastructure projects, and, in some cases, may lack necessary infrastructure entirely. 

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