The Road to Environmental Justice in the Bronx

September 22nd, 2021 Posted in Educational Environmentalists, Environmental Justice Issues, Environmental Reviews, ESRI Maps, Front Page News, In the News, Maps

Student Research Project

Spring and Summer 2021 – Data Collection and Analysis

The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality is conducting a research project with two local colleges (Columbia University and Lehman College) and Town + Gown (NYC Department of Design and Construction).

The project goal is to gather current data to compare and review reasons why the health, wealth, education and environmental equity (air quality, waterfront access, park access) for Bronx residents is so different from the rest of the City, in order to identify and advocate for environmental justice policies for Bronx. The connection between demographic and environmental conditions needs to be documented and graphically represented in order for stakeholders and decision makers to make informed policy decisions.

Many decisions are reached by isolating measures of inequity. There is an opportunity and need to connect health indicators such as rates of asthma and diabetes with other indicators of equity, such as income, ability to carry insurance, employment opportunities, educational attainment, proximity to supermarkets with fresh food, green markets, and proximity to parkland, and waterfront access. Mapping technologies can connect these indicators and represent their interconnection.

Meet the Students in the work:  Bronx Health Wealth Access_Final Sept 2021


(Bronx, September 7, 2021) Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) announces the completion of a research project on Environmental Determinants of Health, Wealth, and Education in the Bronx, conducted in partnership with Columbia University and with Lehman College, a Hispanic-serving institution in the Bronx.

A team of Columbia and Lehman undergraduate students used sophisticated data visualization techniques to explore correlations among statistical measures of public school dropout rates, income, and health disparities with environmental factors.

The research was supported by a grant from New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN). Earlier this year, BCEQ submitted a proposal for the Columbia-Lehman Public Interest Technology Data Science Corps (PIT-DSC), facilitated by, Town+GownNYC, a city-wide university-community partnership program, resident at NYC Department of Design and Construction, that brings academics and practitioners together to create actionable knowledge. The BCEQ project was selected to participate in PIT-DSC’s inaugural summer undergraduate research experience program. Over the summer, undergraduate students applied their data science skills in projects that focused on improving the lives of New York City residents in underserved communities. Graduate students from the Columbia Department of Statistics served as mentors during the summer program.

read more …..Press Release EJ Health Wealth & Education 9.7.202 FINAL

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