A student push for more education on environmental justice led University of Minnesota researchers to reevaluate how the environment and social equality are incorporated into the school’s curriculum. 

The research is an effort to identify University classes that have environmental justice components and make them more accessible. Environmental justice is an interdisciplinary concept that, in part, looks at how social inequality influences who is affected by environmental issues. 

“We are identifying courses [where environmental justice] was not obvious in the course description,” said Beth Mercer-Taylor, principal investigator for the research. 

The University is behind other schools in incorporating environmental justice into curriculum, Mercer-Taylor said. The report was created to shed a light on the delay while helping to expand education around environmental justice at the

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