Environmental disparities exist and persist throughout St. Louis. The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University School of Law conducted a statistical analysis of these disparities, focusing on air pollution, asthma, illegal dumping, vacancy, lead exposure, indoor mold exposure, energy burden, and food deserts. The results were published in the Environmental Racism in St. Louis report. The Clinic has since examined the aspects of our laws and policies that create and perpetuate these disparities, and prepared recommended changes to those laws and policies that–if implemented–would effect change for the better. This presentation will address both aspects of the Clinic’s work, namely, the disparities that persist and the changes necessary to help our city achieve environmental justice.
Environmental Racism in St Louis; Tara Rocque, JD, Associate Professor of Practice at Washington University School of Law and the Assistant Director of Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Prior to joining the Clinic, Tara practiced law for 15 years.