Event Date and Time
2113, Chincoteague Hall

Dr. MarccusHendricks will discuss how we move towards climate and infrastructural justice by comprehensively addressing the ways in which low-income and communities of color are likely underserved and unequally protected by stormwaterand green infrastructure. Based on his research across several projects, he will discuss stormwaterinfrastructure at the neighborhood-level, particularly minor systems that are designed to address everyday localized and nuisance flooding, but also support the draining of water during major rainfall events. His talk will highlight how disparities may exist in the inventory, distribution, and maintenance of stormwaterinfrastructure across neighborhoods. He will also discuss how emerging recommendations for resilient infrastructure point to green infrastructure as the way forward. But how some of his most recent research shows that green infrastructure installation and maintenance may not be affordable for marginalized communities. Lastly, he will discuss a participatory assessment technique for infrastructure (PATI) that he developed as a citizen science technique for infrastructure monitoring to fill condition data needs and inform maintenance and rehabilitation. Dr. Hendricks’ talk will illuminate through his own work and other current events, implications for the new face of environmental burden and how we are at a critical moment in planning for resilient, inclusive and just communities. 

Dr. Marccus D. Hendricks is an Urban Studies and Planning Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Faculty Research Affiliate with the Clark School of Engineering Center for Disaster Resilience and Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. His primary research interests include stormwater infrastructure resilience, social vulnerability to disaster, environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory action. At the intersection of his work he ensures that low-income and communities of color are planned and accounted for in light of environmental hazards and investigates how the inventory, condition, and distribution of public infrastructures can modify hazard exposures and resulting disaster impacts.
Hendricks is a founding fellow of the William Averette Anderson Fund (Expanding Inclusive Hazard Disaster Planning for Communities of Color) and currently serves as a board member for the Fund. Hendricks has worked on research projects related to both public health and disasters, which have been funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation. He has complementary professional experience from his time working with the Brazos Valley Texas Council of Governments as a public safety planner and with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension at their Emergency Services Training Institute.
Hendricks holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Public Health, both from Texas A&M University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Texas.

This event is part of the seminar series "Climate Change and Social Inequality" organized by University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Climate and People Initiative.  Welcome to join us. For further information contact hubacek [at] umd.edu.

The seminar will also be broadcast on WebEx ( Meeting number: 854 620 926; Meeting password: 1111). You are welcome to join us through the link


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