Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

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Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2008.


The activities involved in the operation of the U.S. ports industry provide an enormous boost to the local and national economy. At the same time, however, they can have profound adverse impacts on public health and the environment. Moreover, these impacts disproportionately affect local communities, many of which are poor and minority. Due to the Supreme Court’s limitations to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the fact that ports are one of the most poorly regulated sources of pollution in the U.S., the need for new strategies to address this environmental injustice is as important as ever. One of the most promising avenues to address this growth and its’ accompanied adverse impacts is the use of collaborative problem solving. Collaborative problem solving allows for greater investment on the part of the various participants involved in the program and, most importantly, achieves the dual objectives of allowing for both industry growth and improved environmental quality.



Date Posted: 16 December 2010