UEPI has over a dozen local, statewide and national programs that employ strategies of research, organizing, coalition building, education, advocacy and policy towards a just and livable society.
Current UEPI programs are categorized under the five interrelated areas of built environment, food, global trade, health, and transportation. Each program is listed under the area that is featured most prominently in its research and implementation, however, many touch elements of other focus areas. In the future, as UEPI continues its collaboration with students, faculty, community partners and other academic institutions, focus areas can change to adapt to relevant community issues, as well as research interests.
Transportation: UEPI’s focus on green and just transportation systems strives to ensure that transportation in all forms, including walking, biking, and public transportation, promotes walkable streets and healthy communities.
Health: UEPI believes that health is achieved when we are all able to live, work and play in communities with clean air, affordable housing, good jobs, quality education, good food, safe places to play, access to preventive services, as well as linguistically and culturally appropriate health and health care services.
Built Environment: UEPI forges ideas with action to achieve just, green and livable places that are walkable in scale so that urban places foster social interactions, cultural vibrancy and a stronger sense of place. These places will be affordable to all residents, energy and water-smart, and use non-toxic, renewable materials.
Food: For UEPI, achieving food justice requires eliminating disparities that make it difficult for many low-income people to access healthy food; promoting rights for farm workers, food processing workers, restaurant workers and others employed in food system work; and reducing concentrations of power in agribusiness and food retail. We believe a greener, sustainably-grown, local, and healthy food system must replace the current system dominated by corporate agriculture, fast food, and junk food culture.
Trade and Globalization: UEPI helps build the networks and coalitions that engage community-based organizations, scientists, researchers, media, and environmental, labor, legal, and public health advocates to develop alternatives to the global trade system that help not harm communities and workers.
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