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Environmental Justice Archive of Virginia (EJAV)

Promoting environmental justice in Virginia and beyond

“Environmental justice is defined as equitable exposure to environmental good and harm” 

-Wolch, Byrne, and Newell (2014)

The Environmental Justice Archive of Virginia or EJAV originates as an effort by William & Mary faculty who seek to highlight the work of students, professors, scholars, staff, and the W&M community that touches upon or aligns with the goals of Environmental Justice (EJ).

The Environment and Sustainability Program at William & Mary hosts this archive in collaboration with students and faculty across the university. The goal of EJAV is to bring together diverse voices that can help the W&M community and the public at large to better understand the many faces of environmental (in)justice in, around, and from Virginia. We embrace and consider EJ a fundamental component of environmental studies and environmental action alike.

Access and acknowledgments

The Environmental Justice Archive of Virginia is available through ScholarWorks.

We thank Rosie Liljenquist, Publishing and Open Access Librarian at Swem Library, for her help in developing, designing, and publishing EJAV through ScholarWorks.

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Associate Attorney General. “Memorandum for Heads of Department Components United States Attorneys. Comprehensive Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy.” U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Associate Attorney General, Washington D.C., 2022.

Banzhaf, Spencer, Lala Ma, and Christopher Timmins. “Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 33, no. 1, 2019, pp. 185–208.

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Waste and Facility Siting Subcommittee; Federal Facilities Working Group. Environmental Justice and Federal Facilities. Recommendations for Improving Stakeholder Relations Between Federal Facilities and Environmental Justice Communities. 2004.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources. “Land Acknowledgment. Acknowledgment of Indigenous Peoples as Historical Custodians of the Land.”

Vanderheiden, Steve. Environmental Justice. Edited by Steve Vanderheiden, Routledge, 2017.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “Land Acknowledgment.”

Wolch, J., Byrne, J., and Newell, J. “Urban green space, public health, and environmental justice: the challenge of making cities ‘just green enough.’” Elsevier B.V. Landscape and Urban Planning. 2014. Cited in Stewart, N. “Urban green space, social equity, and human wellbeing.” Urban Ecology: Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems, edited by Pramit Verma, et al., Elsevier, 2020. ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020.