Climate Change and Environmental Justice Lab

The Climate Change and Environmental Justice (CCEJ) Lab, which ran January - December 2015,  investigated the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on vulnerable communities in Rhode Island. The ultimate goal of the CCEJ Lab was to reduce the climate change-related public health risks to individuals in several targeted communities in Rhode Island, and increase the capacities of these communities to respond to climate change threats.  The Lab drew on Brown faculty and partner organizations' significant strengths around climate modeling, environmental sociology, and public health.  

The Lab was co-chaired by Timmons Roberts, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology; and Julia Gold from the Rhode Island Department of Health.  

Final Presentation: Green Infrastructure in the West End

Read their story: It Takes a Village

In the news
This I Believe Rhode Island: Climate Change by Timmons Roberts
Number of 80°-plus days rising steadily in RI, September 8, 2015. 


Timmons RobertsProfessor, Sociology and Environmental Studies (Read Timmon’s story)
Allen Hance, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Community Partners:

Julia Gold, Climate Change Program Manager, RI Department of Health
Meg Kerr, RI Director, Clean Water Action
Ellen Cynar, Program Manager, Healthy Communities Program, City of Providence
Julian DrixEnvironmental Justice League of Rhode Island
Amelia Rose, Executive Director, Groundwork RI
Kari Lang, Director, West Broadway Neighborhood Association
Rachel Newman GreeneWest Elmwood Housing Development Corporation