Environmental Justice Essays


Ethics in Engineering and Public Safety

pollutants are only one facet of the overall engineering ethics related to environmental justice and sustainability. The longer-term impacts of engineering on climate change and pollution also need to be considered part of professional duty. As Michelfelder & Jones (2013) put it, "sustainability should be included in the paramountcy clause because it is a necessary condition to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of the public," (p. 237). Engineers stand at the forefront of guiding, leading, and directing public policy in engineering, and of promoting sustainable practices. As with public safety ethics, environmental ethics often reveal the importance of… Continue Reading...

Karoru Ishikawa Contributions to Quality Control

future of quality control management will continually allude to Ishikawa, as manufacturing companies aim for greater standards for safety, environmental justice, and ethics. References Evans, J. R. (2014). Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence, 9th Edition Ishikawa, K. (1988). What is Total Quality Control? The Japanese Way. Trans. David J. Lu. Prentice Hall. Ishikawa, K. (1991). Guide to Quality Control. Asian Productivity Organization. Suzuki, K. (2015). Kaoru Ishikawa, The Man and Quality Control. Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers. Retrieved online: http://www.juse.jp/ishikawa/e/man/ Continue Reading...

Fracking Policy Analysis

technology, impacts, and policy. Argonne National Laboratory. Cotton, M. (2017). Fair fracking? Ethics and environmental justice in United Kingdom shale gas policy and planning. Local Environment, 22(2), 185-202. Davis, C. (2012). The politics of “fracking”: Regulating natural gas drilling practices in Colorado and Texas. Review of Policy Research, 29(2), 177-191. Evensen, D. T. (2015). Policy decisions on shale gas development ('fracking'): the insufficiency of science and necessity of moral thought. Environmental Values, 24(4), 511-534. Ferrell, S. L., & Sanders, L. (2013). Natural gas extraction: Issues and policy options. National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center. Finkel, M., Hays, J., & Law, A. (2013). The shale gas boom and… Continue Reading...

Urban Air Pollution Ethical Dilemmas

offer ethical dilemmas. A balancing act There is a need to balance environmental health with environmental justice and environmental ethics. Without environmental justice or ethics, we cannot resolve environmental health issues comprehensively. There is tension when environmental health is not balanced with environmental ethics and justice. More practically, in restoring environmental health, agencies, organizations and communities need to focus on the greater good and achieving environmental health sustainably. So, there is a need to ensure that in restoring environmental health, the newfound health is sustainable in one way or another. However, there is an ethical dilemma in the sense that it… Continue Reading...

Flint Water Crisis

the not in my back yard (NIMBY) phenomenon also relevant in this case. As Bell (2012:28) points out, “ environmental justice...concerns patterns of inequality in the distribution of environmental goods.” Flint residents lacked access to environmental “goods,” such as clean drinking water given the long-term contamination of the Flint River. Environmental racism refers to “social heritage differences in the distribution of environmental bads, due to either intentional or institutional reasons,” (Bell 2012:25). In Flint’s case, private and public sector stakeholders did have a direct, intentional role to play in the lead contamination and violation of state and federal environmental and… Continue Reading...