Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences


Environmental Science

Major Advisor

Michele Abee

Second Advisor

Ainsley Lambert-Swain


Louisville Metro Government has a multitude of quantitative data on demographics, health, and air quality in Rubbertown fenceline communities. This study explores how community-level research allows us to have a more robust understanding of the impact of environmental injustice. Spatial data was utilized to map various health variables, zoning, and community spaces relative to Rubbertown chemical facilities. A semi-structured interview was then conducted with a local environmental justice activist to gain a better understanding of their experience and the barriers to environmental justice for the residents of West Louisville. This study improves our understanding of community needs and adds a narrative to the existing data; providing a foundation for policy work that would truly benefit the community and address the health injustices faced.