lanza monitor croppedThe University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute has developed maps and detailed databases to help government officials, residents and activists track where the greatest economic, health, and real estate vulnerabilities are where they live.  The Institute tracks various natural/environmental hazards and evaluates the magnitude of its impact on particularly at-risk populations at a state, county, and even smaller geographic area.  So, for example, someone can see where the major heat islands are in their state, and link that impact to a particular racial-ethnic group, households living in poverty, the percentage of the population which is over 65, etc.  Staff may be available for speaking engagements and specialized research projects. artsandsciences.sc.edu/geog/hvri/hvri-resources

NAACP’s Environment and Climate Justice team conduct trainings for local and state NAACP leaders on issues such as energy justice, reducing harmful emissions, and community resilience. They also have a sustainable buildings initiative.  Trainings and tools can be used to help communities address social inequities from various climate and other environmental vulnerabilities – such as flooding, heat islands, drought, sea level rise, etc. For training and other resources: naacp.org/know-issues/environmental-climate-justice

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[Image: Kevin Lanza installs a heat and humidity monitor at a bus stop in Austin. Credit: David Martin Davies] 

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