Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science and Policy

Second Department


First Advisor

Janet Grigsby

Second Advisor

Robert Samet




hurricane, environmental justice, disaster, Katrina, New Orleans


Environmental injustice has exacerbated in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Eleven years after Katrina and the Lower Ninth community is struggling to fully recover, regardless the amount of aid it has received from different types of charitable organizations. An understanding of how residents and organizations within the Lower Ninth Ward view environmental justice issues may help explain why this community’s revival is so delayed. Through the application of the snowball method, I obtained three case studies within this research that each present three dissimilar interpretations of the environmental justice issues and state of Lower Ninth. These views differ from each other and were represented as cynical, realistic, or optimistic. These perspectives addressed the community and organizations’ efforts towards bringing the Lower Ninth back to its vibrant nature before Katina. This research may further answer the question-what should be done next for the Lower Ninth Ward?