Alex Rodriguez is an Environmental Justice Specialist at Save the Sound, a regional environmental organization restoring and protecting the waterways and endangered ecosystems of Long Island Sound which has ripple effects that improve the well-being of local communities. Health equity has become a driving force for Alex’s work on environmental justice, from his journey having asthma to his personal experience with family members directly impacted by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. In the aftermath of the hurricane, recovery efforts demonstrated the inequities in disaster response – who is rescued and who is left behind. Black and Brown communities, often facing multiple socio-economic challenges, are more likely to bear disproportionate impacts caused by weather events. These communities are also more likely to face challenges in accessing the resources necessary to adequately prepare for these events and to recover physically, mentally, and economically afterward. Alex’s experiences drive his motivation for building equity and resilience for environmental justice. He seeks to infuse these approaches across Save the Sound programs, collaborating with other departments in climate and water as well as broader community-led climate efforts to ensure an intersectional approach to solutions that will equip people with better policies and resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from climate impacts.
Tri-State (CT, NJ, NY): Episode #
—Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Alex Rodriguez: Building a Resilient Long Island Sound Region
Building a Resilient Long Island Sound Region