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Cory Seremetise MAS 2019


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Presentation for the 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Cory Seremetise MAS 2019

  1. 1. Environmental Justice and Gentrification Cory Seremetis, Aseel Alharthi, Christopher Luis-Reyes
  2. 2. Environmental Justice Community Criteria: - Median income is low - Mostly minority social groups - Isolated group of non-English speakers Gentrification: the displacement of residents after redevelopment of a neighborhood, due to the rise in housing and rent values
  3. 3. Opportunity Zones - Investing in Opportunity Act, tax reform law 2017 - “Opportunity Funds must be classified as a corporation or partnership for income tax purposes, meaning a limited liability company (LLC) can qualify. Opportunity Funds must also be created or organized in one of the 50 U.S. states, DC, or a U.S. territory”
  4. 4. So how do we help Environmental Justice Communities?
  5. 5. Future goals - Research: social policy and economics - Discussion, April 17 - Potential solutions - Community Land Trusts - EPA grants - Entrepreneurship programs