It's Not Easy Being Green: Access to Sustainable Urban Infrastructure and Distributive Justice in Low-Income and Minority-Concentrated Communities


In urban environments, low-income and minority-concentrated neighborhoods are more likely to be exposed to risk and vulnerability associated with environmental exposure, depending on the unique riskscape of a geographic region. Often, the positive externalities of sustainable urban infrastructure are disproportionately consumed by predominately non-Hispanic white neighborhoods with moderate to high median incomes. This project is an analysis of the access that residents in The Research Triangle region have to public sustainable urban infrastructure and amenities across various measures of race and class, including proportion of Black residents, proportion of Hispanic residents, median household income, educational attainment, and the proportion of households receiving public assistance income. Quantitative analyses were conducted at the census block group level, and it was hypothesized that block groups with a higher proportion of Black residents, a higher proportion of Hispanic residents, lower median household income, a lower proportion of residents that have received post-secondary education, and a higher proportion of residents receiving public assistance income are likely to have a greater average distance from the block group centroid to the 10 closest amenities. A multiple regression analysis revealed that in a given block group a higher proportion of Black residents, a higher proportion of Hispanic residents, and a lower proportion of residents having received a post-secondary education were predictive of a higher average distance to sustainable amenities at a statistically significant level.Bachelor of Art

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