A framework for equity in energy and environmental engineering

Another step in the process

For Bozeman, the journal is part of his professional journey, which began after seeing Rodney King beaten at a young age. After watching footage of the unarmed black man being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, Bozeman’s first questions were less about why this was happening and more about the systems in place that would allow such an incident to happen. . Bozeman’s passion led him to engineering, graduate school and a focus on climate change. Then came another question: why is there so little research on energy load and equity in energy and environmental access?

“We have so many tools – big data, machine learning and life cycle assessment – ​​that are not being used to help our society become more equitable, despite George Floyd, statements on diversity and calls for fairness in grant proposals,” Bozeman said. “If we’re really trying to do that, let’s create a framework for equity in engineering.

“It’s not just about helping certain groups, such as poor black, brown, Latina, or white communities,” Bozeman said. “America’s demographics are changing tremendously, so who is marginalized and systematically marginalized today might not be the same in the future. This framework can help everyone, if we refine it over time.

QUOTE: Bozeman, et. Al.”A Path to Systemic Equity in Life Cycle Assessment and Decision Making: Standardizing Practices in Sociodemographic Data.” Environmental Engineering Science, April 6, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1089/ees.2021.0375

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