The Mountain West ACE-CH hub supports climate change resilience in the West Denver and San Luis Valley communities in Colorado. Using a community-engaged approach, the hub supports the formation of community, policy, and scientific advisory boards. These boards and the research team work collaboratively to develop a climate engagement report exploring climate change and air quality concerns, beliefs, behaviors, information sources, assets, and desires regarding environmental justice in West Denver and the San Luis Valley.
In collaboration with the CU Denver Community Collaborative Research Center (CCRC), the Dickinson Lab is conducting a project that leverages community-engaged research to promote a just transition towards electrification of Denver’s shipping and transportation sector, the majority of which is concentrated in the North Denver region. The task is to ensure the equitable and effective implementation electrification initiatives by prioritizing disproportionately impacted populations. These populations include truck drivers and warehouse employees exposed to high amounts of diesel and particulate matter pollution from trucks as well as small business owners who may be concerned about the financial implications of transitioning to an electric fleet.
Using an environmental justice perspective, the Dickinson Lab explores how recent policy changes in Colorado have shaped oil and gas decision making in cities and counties across the state. Using surveys, interviews, and geospatial analysis, we assess whether or not the distribution of risks and benefits from oil and gas (O&G) development has been equitable.