City of Tacoma
Ryan Zboralski and Aaron Burr
Date of Interview
This interviewee believes inequity should be the primary focus of environmental justice, asserting that underserved communities do not have equal access to ecosystem services, and must also endure more hardship as a consequence of polluted air and water. To illustrate this, she draws upon existing cases in Tacoma where disadvantaged people are exposed to site-specific and non-point pollution more often than their wealthier counterparts. The interviewee describes the importance of Tacoma being on the EPA’s non-attainment list relative to meeting air quality standards, and how this has serious implications for all residents. She also discusses how ethnic groups preferring fish-heavy diets are more susceptible to the health risks associated with bioaccumulated toxins. As a potential solution to environmental injustice, she suggests the creation of a coordinated, comprehensive plan that ties in pertinent stakeholders along all levels of municipal leadership and policymaking. Her approach to the topic of environmental justice is strictly anthropocentric.
Lynett, Kristin, "Kristin Lynett Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 16.