The Community-Soil-Air-Water (CSAW) learning ecosystem aims to integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and programming with community collaborations to solve socio-environmental problems.
Such an integration to diversify both practitioners and practices in the Geosciences can catalyze a profound transformation in both who does geoscience and what geosciences does for communities.
The objective of CSAW is to answer the question How can Geosciences learn from, contribute to and find solutions with communities facing fundamental problems related to Earth systems? Within this learning ecosystem, community partners, post-bacs, Master’s students and faculty will assess and address critical needs for and with communities in place-based Earth systems research, such as Soil lead contamination and radon exposure; Air pollution, climate change and heat mapping; and Water pollution, urban flooding and green stormwater infrastructure.
CSAW’s mission is to bring together scholars and community partners to address the multifaceted relationship between urban communities and their environment by advancing an integrated physical- and social-scientific approach profoundly shaped and informed by the values, visions and knowledge of our partner communities.