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Unpublished Paper
Home is Where the Health Is: The Convergence of Environmental Justice, Affordable Housing, and Green Building
ExpressO (2012)
  • Kevin C Foy, North Carolina Central University
Abstract
Title Home is Where the Health Is: The Convergence of Environmental Justice, Affordable Housing, and Green Building Abstract Environmental justice is a concept that originated with the recognition that degradation in the environment has been experienced disproportionately by low-wealth, minority communities. It has evolved into a realization that both environmental detriments and environmental benefits are experienced inequitably. This paper looks at how these benefits and detriments affect people in their homes. It demonstrates that green building principles are essential to delivering healthy, affordable housing, and that this is a matter of environmental justice. One example is indoor air quality. Low-wealth and minority communities disproportionately and routinely suffer from bad air inside a home that national policy does not tolerate outside a home. Other attributes of green housing address health disparities like obesity and mood disorders. Incorporating green building into affordable housing is a matter of justice that can and should be addressed by local governments, using land use authority to provide incentives. It is also a matter for the federal government, in partnership with local governments, to tie green housing to federal funding.
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Publication Date
September 5, 2012
Citation Information
Kevin C Foy. "Home is Where the Health Is: The Convergence of Environmental Justice, Affordable Housing, and Green Building" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin_foy/1/