Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2015


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015


Copyright © 2015 Brynn Stewart


Environmental injustice involves the discrimination of low-income or minority populations in regards to environmental conditions in comparison to society at large. This study uses the net-environmental equity concept to analyze the state of environmental justice in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. To what extent are Lincoln’s environmental burdens located around low-income/minority residents? To what extent are Lincoln’s environmental benefits located away from low-income/minority residents? To what extent do Lincoln’s policies promote environmental justice? A distributional analysis of Lincoln’s public park system and toxic releasing industries is completed along with a policy review. Lincoln’s policies and environmental conditions of minority residents evidence no issues of environmental injustice. Environmental justice issues are evidenced for Lincoln’s low-income populations regarding unequal distribution of industrial facilities.