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What Is Environmental Justice? | Nicky Sheats, Ph.D., J.D.

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On Season Two’s second episode, the Kean University podcast Urban Impact explores environmental justice with Nicky Sheats, Ph.D., J.D., director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean. Sheats explains the disproportionate impact of pollution on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color; how the Canadian wildfires brought a visual element to understanding pollution; and why measuring one pollutant at a time is part of the problem.

Urban Impact is recorded and produced at Kean, New Jersey’s urban research university. The podcast is now available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google, and at