In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational & Environmental Design (ISEEED), students from the H2O Cohort of Leadership High School have conducted STEM research on the facets of sustainable communities. Their work employs decolonizing methodologies (Smith, 2001) as means to use literacy practices to critically analyze their communities. This year, they conducted a comparative study of resources in the Bayview & Sunset districts of San Francisco. In using sophisticated mapping tools, google maps, coded field notes, and social media, our students analyzed the implications of cumulative causation and eco-apartheid and their impact on health and sustainability. The results of their study are groundbreaking and innovative. As they have become more aware of the injustices that plague their communities, they seek opportunities to present their work and inspire others. We stand behind the mission of ISEED and our partnership with this organizing will continue to: 1) Create the next generation of climate scientists, energy innovators, and social justice urban educators from low-income communities and communities of color. 2) Connect renewable energy and STEM education with low-income communities in order to propel renewable energy transfer from research and development to commercial application, job creation, and sustainable community development. 3) Develop equitable approaches to building healthy communities that promote achievement and improve livelihoods.

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