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Thousands in the San Joaquin Valley Have Unsafe Drinking Water, But Clean Water Is Close

March 12, 2018
Thousands in the San Joaquin Valley Have Unsafe Drinking Water, But Clean Water Is Close

UC Davis Study Shows Solutions, Some Underway With Water Justice Clinic
March 2018 By Karen Nikos-Rose


Tens of thousands of people living in the San Joaquin Valley’s unincorporated, rural, low-income communities have unsafe drinking water pouring from their taps. That water is delivered from a patchwork of community water systems that often don’t meet state or federal standards for drinking water, or from private wells that are not tested.

Environmental Justice Comes Into Focus

December 12, 2017
Environmental Justice Comes Into Focus

The Civil Rights Movement was undoubtedly one of the most important movements of the 20th century. It was, however, more than a reclamation of ethnic identity and social power for minority groups, but also the catalyst of environmental rights awareness. Thus was born a movement to fight environmental racism that today has developed into a concept widely known as environmental justice.

Powered by Women—Bernadette Austin

December 06, 2017

She has a background in health care, an expertise in public finance and a passion for achieving community improvement through funding strategies, but the metaphor that best illustrates Bernadette Austin's current role comes from a children's fable.

Environmental Justice: Innovation, Evolution and Crisis

November 30, 2017
Environmental Justice: Innovation, Evolution and Crisis 

Mr. Lee is widely recognized as a true pioneer in the arena of environmental justice.  He was the principal author of the landmark report, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States.

Putting Youth On the Map Supports Sacramento Kids First Coalition with Data Training

October 26, 2017

Putting Youth On the Map has been working with East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) and other members of the Sacramento Kids First Coalition (SKFC) to support their youth teams' use of data and maps to build youth opportunity in Sacramento. This news story comes from coverage of a youth training facilitated by the CRC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Brandon Louie, at Sol Collective in Sacramento.

Conference Focuses on SJV Challenges

October 13, 2017

California Senator Kamala Harris was among the speakers on Thursday, October 12, at an all-day conference in downtown Stockton, an event that aims to bring together San Joaquin Valley cities from Stockton south to Bakersfield to address the region’s challenges.  According to a media release, San Joaquin Valley cities often are overlooked by state policymakers and the purpose of Thursday’s conference was to bring regional leaders together to begin to create a unified policy platform addressing health issues, the economy, education and public safety.  Data from two research reports by the Uni

Development and Application of an Integrated Health Impacts Assessment Tool for the Sacramento Region

October 12, 2017
Development and Application of an Integrated Health Impacts Assessment Tool for the Sacramento Region

Federal transportation authorizations require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to identify and track key indicators of system performance (e.g. collision rates, emissions, congestion) to ensure that they are stewarding public funds wisely to meet specific goals related to safety, environmental performance, and congestion mitigation, among other areas.

Imagining America: Consortium Works to Connect Higher Education with Civic Purpose

October 10, 2017

The goals of Imagining America are lofty, to put it mildly.  “Imagining America is an organization whose mission is to really help students, scholars and community groups to work together on the most pressing issues of our time,” explained Erica Kohl-Arenas, associate professor of American studies at UC Davis and faculty director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.  The civic-engagement consortium of more than 100 academic institutions and cultural organizations moved its national headquarters to UCD this past summer, and Kohl-Arenas moved to be with it.  As to why Im

2017 Research and Travel Award Recipients

October 01, 2017

The research and travel awards program is an annual funding opportunity for UC Davis students in social science-oriented departments and graduate groups within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  Students will use this funding for summer travel and/or research, as well as a master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation improvement grant.

Center for Regional Change Annual Report

September 29, 2017

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the launch of the Center for Regional Change. This decade has certainly been a time of tremendous change within the CRC, the campus, and the world as a whole. There is much to celebrate, and there are many social, political, economic, and environmental challenges that make our work all the more crucial.

Farm Bill Requests Abound at California Listening Session

August 15, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program received a lot of support at a farm bill listening session held in Modesto, California, as hunger advocates and academics from the state's Central Valley urged House lawmakers to protect and even expand the program to benefit families, food banks, farmers markets and California fruit and vegetable growers... Denise Hunt, a registered nurse and representative on the Stanislaus County Children and Families Commission, cited data showing high rates of children in poverty on the San Joaquin Valley.

PYOM 2017 Sautter Award Winner

August 15, 2017

Ten teams across the University of California were awarded the 2017 Larry L. Sautter Award, and Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) received the Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology! PYOM is an interactive website that provides analyses of California youth well-being and curricula to support use of the mapping tool.