Environmental Justice

Downwinders at Risk’s new Chair Evelyn Mayo gets a huge shout out in D magazine’s popular online manifestation with her very own “Earburner” podcast. D magazine reporter Matt Goodman and D Managing Editor Tim Rogers interview Evy about her new report on Southern Dallas zoning for Legal Aid, her Roller Derby years in Singapore, and […]

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A staff presentation focusing on Dallas environmental equity lacks any metrics for comparing residential pollution burdens, or even for measuring the success of its own outreach effort. So how does City Hall know what environmental “equity” looks like?   According to management guru Peter Drucker, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Then […]

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Environmental Justice issues in Dallas will get a higher profile next week as the “Father of Environmental Justice” comes back to Big D to help promote the release of a new landmark report on zoning in Southern Dallas. Texas Southern University’s Dr. Robert Bullard is no stranger to DFW, having included a chapter on the […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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What if you found out an industrial polluter was operating in your densely-populated neighborhood and the state told you not to worry because an obsolete computer model of the polluter’s releases 17 years ago and 500 miles away, in a desert, performed by the polluter themselves, said everything was OK? That’s exactly the situation Joppa […]

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SHINGLE MOUNTAIN FUNDRAISER MAY 30th

by jim on May 13, 2019

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Downwinders at Risk is excited to announce that we won a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation grant to help add high-tech, low-cost air quality sensors to our growing community air network powered by the expertise and hardware of the University of Texas at Dallas. While we applied in the past for these prestigious national grants, […]

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Better Bus Stop Design Competition Finals This Saturday May 4th 6 – 9 pm Better Block Foundation HQ 700 West Davis Look, Judge, Vote. Every year the Dallas-based non-profit Better Block Foundation sponsors a design competition that challenges teams of engineers, architects, and creators to come up with more people-friendly ways for city residents to […]

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After a year of excuses, a determined group of women and their supporters shamed the City into finally taking action to close down the worst environmental health and justice crisis in Dallas. When the collapse came, it came quickly. Halfway through their Wednesday March 20th news conference giving authorities an ultimatum to shut down “Shingle […]

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12 Noon, Wednesday March 20th Dallas City Hall      Flag Room     6th Floor   JOIN US FOR THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE   SOUTHERN SECTOR RISING  CAMPAIGN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE   Downwinders at Risk has joined with the the Joppa Freedman’s Association, Neighbors United/Vecino Unidos, the Highland Hills Community Action Committee, Sierra Club/BeyondCoal, Pax Christi Dallas, […]

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Marsha Jackson thought she’d found relief when Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky wrote about the grotesque environmental disaster being caused by the Blue Star asphalt operation in mid-December..the first time. After complaining almost a year to the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and the EPA without any action taken, Ms Jackson saw […]

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The most worthwhile thing that might emerge from the City’s plan is a new challenge from citizens to Business-as-Usual Take a Deep Dive into How Dallas City Environmental Policy is Being Directed from… New York City?   Over at the Belo Mansion this morning, the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and (Rockefeller) Sustainability […]

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A New Round of PM Studies

by jim on January 29, 2019

Rising air pollution linked with increased ER visits for breathing problems Air pollution could be as bad for pregnant women as smoking Racial disparities in asthma related to health care access, environmental factors High PM exposure nearly doubles dementia risk in older women Air pollution is greatest environmental threat to global health in 2019, according […]

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It’s the 5th time in the last 13 months residents of South and West Dallas have beaten back City staff attempts to put more polluters in their backyards But this time they had to take on their own Council Member and Plan Commissioner. Channel 5 Coverage City Hall Videotape Plan Comm. Mtg (batch plant case […]

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RESIDENTS: English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dallas-Resident-Survey Español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5Y5HMCL BUSINESSES: English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dallas-Business-Survey Español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DBV679   The City of Dallas is conducting a survey of residents and businesses as it drafts a new Economic Development Plan. The City’s survey doesn’t ask about environmental justice or industrial equity – the idea that you don’t want to dump all polluters into the […]

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