Street in Richmond with smokestacks in the distance.
Many residents in Richmond live near heavily industrialized areas.

A group of UC Berkeley graduate students have recently teamed up to help Richmond residents tackle the negative impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, flood risks, and increased energy and water consumption.

Under the supervision of Jason Corburn, an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design, the students are working collaboratively with community-based organizations and the city to analyze local greenhouse gas emissions and develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

“We have more than 30 students, divided into five teams,” says Corburn. “We are especially focused on Richmond’s vulnerable, low-income communities, which make up a majority of the city’s population.”

The main goal is to help Richmond develop a Climate Action Plan in a manner that fairly distributes climate adaptation and mitigation responsibilities across all segments of the community.

The project also aims to provide students with hands-on experience working closely with neighboring communities as they tackle real world problems. “We’re teaching our students to be in the world, not just of it,” says Corburn.

A special article about this project is on the UC Berkeley News Center webpage.

— Débora Silva