WGBH News’ Science Editor Dr. Heather Goldstone says that recent reports by Dr. Faber and colleagues found that in Massachusetts, low income communities bear about four times the environmental burden of higher income communities. More specifically, communities of color have more than 20 times the environmental burden of white communities.  To read and/or listen to a discussion of this issue on NPR that draws heavily on the work by Dr. Faber and Dr. Eric Krieg, click here.

On January 19, 2015, Professor Faber was interviewed by the WGBH Program Living Lab in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The focus of the interview was about Massachusetts’ environmental justice issues, and the new reforms put in place by Governor Patrick. To listen to the interview, and/or read the Living Lab writeup of key points made during the interview, click here.

In November of 2014, Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick signed an exec­u­tive order pro­moting envi­ron­mental jus­tice across the state. The mea­sure is a “his­toric act,” says North­eastern soci­ology pro­fessor Daniel Faber, whose research over the past decade helped jump­start the dia­logue around this issue early on. For a discussion in the Northeastern News, click here.

“Two days before Thanksgiving in 2014, Governor Patrick gave environmental justice advocates something to be truly thankful for – he issued an executive order on environmental justice.” Read more by Veronica Eady of the Conservation Law Foundation.