Sustainable Cities and Communities
Northwestern Experts and Initiatives
Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Working Group
Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Working Group aims to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, while recognizing the disproportionate effects that environmental challenges and their solutions have on marginalized communities. The group is working closely with its partners—which include Indigenous youth, community elders and knowledge keepers, as well as practitioners, scientists and engineers—to develop an understanding of traditional ecological knowledge and climate change experiences and solutions through interviews, story-telling, and other participatory techniques. Their findings will be used to co-create a knowledge sharing platform to facilitate co-designed solutions that mitigate—and possibly prevent—the disproportionate impacts of environmental change their communities face.
Patty Loew is a professor at Medill and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern. Loew is also a documentary producer and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A citizen of Mashkiiziibii (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), she is the author of four books: Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by 20,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies textbook; Teachers Guide to Native People of Wisconsin; Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal; and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders. Loew has produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and 2011. Her outreach work focuses on Native American youth and digital storytelling.