greenUP!: Neighborhood demographics as a foundation for environmental justice and racial equity tools

Project title

Research Neighborhood Demographics in Reno and Carson City to Determine Foundation for Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Tools

Research question

  1. What is the question/problem that your organization would like answered?
  2. Where do low income, minorities, and homeless people live in Reno and Carson City?
  3. Are the neighborhoods near freeways, factories, waste collection sites or other pollution sources?
  4. What access to public services to these communities have (bus routes, hospitals, other community services?)
  5. How does their living location impact their water quality, air quality and health?
  6. The research student would work closely with a greenUP!


greenUP! is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides Environmental Education for businesses helping Nevada cut down on waste, reduce valuable resource consumption and fight climate change in an environmentally safe and cost-effective manner.

greenUP! is working to launch of a certified green business program in Nevada and to build a statewide database to collect environmental outcome measures. The database is called GreenBizTracker, a web-based software program that provides an easy-to-use framework to help businesses adopt sustainable practices. Businesses move through an online checklist of verifiable environmental actions and receive a confidential environmental scorecard. The results are aggregated into environmental outcomes for Nevada. Statewide metrics include energy saved, gallons of water saved, tons of waste diverted from the landfill, reduction of hazardous materials and greenhouse gas emissions reduced. 


  1. A whitepaper on the racial and social inequities that exist in Reno and Carson City in terms of income and housing, access to resources and exposure to pollution.
  2. Another deliverable is a map of Reno and Carson City where racial inequality exists from an environmental standpoint. For example, what is the racial makeup of the communities that live off the freeway?

Suggested skills

If possible, I would like an undergraduate student that is studying Environmental Science. They should have some experience with research projects (i.e., know how to write and implement a survey, tabulate and analyze data). We also seek a hands-on person with a desire to make an impact in our community and to help preserve the planet. They should be proficient in the basic suite of Microsoft tools:  word, PowerPoint, and excel, have a good handle on social media and be good with interacting with people on the telephone.

Agency representative

Donna Walden
(949) 306-3465