Ground Truthing California is a project of Whittier College funded with seed money from a Jan and John ’45 Cauffman Fellowship. Elvira De La Torre ’20, a sociology major and Cauffman Fellow, built the site with input from Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Associate Professor of Sociology. The students of Soc 254, Toxic Tours: Environmental Justice in SoCal gave us helpful feedback and will continue to help us refine the site so that it can be useful to students and community members all around southern California and beyond.
The goal of this website is to showcase communities in southern California as research sites in order to learn about the inequitable environmental impacts, such as pollution and toxins, that continuously affect urban communities. The website will entail all the necessary resources for a community to understand basic pollution monitoring tools, environmental laws, and non-profit organizations that provide resources to become politically aware.