Date of Award

Summer 2017

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Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Environmental Science & Civil Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Eric G. Strauss

Abstract

An equal distribution of environmental stewardship organizations across the urban landscape provides an environment that facilitates community empowerment. The systemic issues found in Los Angeles County play an important role in the social development of the area. Through the utilization of modern technology and geographical mapping software, spatial distribution of environmental stewardship organizations provided an understanding of social conditions within Los Angeles County. Environmental stewardship organizations provide the capability for communities to be more engaged in helping to eliminate environmental injustice. The comparison of minority populations at the census tract-level emphasizes the importance of connecting environmental stewardship organizations with their target community at a static level of measurement. The assistance of the geographical mapping software provided the capability of conducting spatial autocorrelation, drawing the conclusion that environmental stewardship organizations are not equally distributed across Los Angeles County. The needs of the community continue to expand into different areas requiring an improvement to be made in order to improve the quality of life in various neighborhoods and the insurance of environmental equity. Currently it is difficult for organizations to cohesively work with one another to maximize their overlapping resources that would benefit the communities they provide environmental services to.

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