Environmental Justice Case Study: Water

How did lead get into Flint’s Water?

This case study is designed as an active learning unit that allows students to work individually and collaboratively to solve problems about the Flint Water Crisis. It also allows students to reflect on environmental justice issues. It covers the concepts associated with chemical reactions and water treatment and the links between politics, economics, and science. The case is designed to be useful in introductory physical science classrooms, but it can also be used to explore in advanced classes if you want to incorporate socioscientific issues. Our hope is that this module represents a starting point for how to embed relevant scientific issues in STEM classrooms.

This assignment has been developed and adapted from the ChemMatters module on the Flint Water Crisis.

The Case Study PDF can be found here: Flint Water Case Study

Courses: Environmental Science, Chemistry

Author: Sule Aksoy