This course explores how race, socio-economic status, and interest group politics interact with and affect the formulation and implementation of US federal and state environmental policies. Do low income and minority populations, whether residing in urban or rural communities, bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution and its health consequences? We examine both evidence and opinion that there exists within the United States, as well as globally, a pattern of environmental inequity, injustice, and racism. We also evaluate the contention that underlying this pattern is a historical failure of the mainstream environmental movement to provide for the needs of traditionally marginalized communities. Students will write two essays and also complete a short online quiz.