Redlining and Environmental Health Outcomes: Addressing Historical Injustices as we Create a Climate Resilient Future

Author: Tarang Shah

Advisor: Stephen McCauley

Category: Undergraduate

Redlining and other policies have reinforced segregation by race and income in ways that shape environmental health outcomes today. Expanding on findings that previously redlined areas experience a greater urban heat island effect, this analysis of 209 cities across the country finds that areas that were redlined in the 1930s tend to have more diesel particulate matter, higher asthma rates, a larger minority population and lower incomes even today. For cities in Massachusetts, this research proceeds to identify hotspots in detail to inform policies to replace impervious areas with green space in ways that advance the livability of the city.


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