Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research

Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research

Environmental Equity and Hazardous Waste Facilities: Assessing Socioeconomic Disparities in Pomona, CA


Cynthia Joe


Michael Reibel, Professor of Geography, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

This study examines inequities around hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) as suggested by the environmental justice movement. The environmental justice movement emerged in the 1980s to protest the placement of waste sites and polluting industrial facilities in predominantly low-income and minority neighborhoods. In examining the prevalence of environmental inequity in the City of Pomona, racial, economic, and sociopolitical characteristics are evaluated in comparison to the location of TSDFs using statistical analysis and spatial mapping. Findings in literature suggest a substantial difference between areas with and without hazardous waste by race, income, employment patterns, and political participation.

Presented by:

Cynthia Joe


Saturday, November 17, 2012


2:30 PM — 2:45 PM


Bell Tower 2598

Presentation Type:

Oral Presentation