From the Nominator
On June 21, 2019, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex exploded. In this feature article, readers learn how student researchers with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities partnered with community leaders who live near the site of the refinery to imagine a “future beyond refining.” The article centers the experience of community members who detail the physical, emotional, and mental effects of living in the shadow of the refinery, while also shining a spotlight on the work of Penn students and faculty to collect oral histories, and create a digital tour and mapping project of the neighborhood that captures and amplifies the wishes of neighborhood residents. The article places this community partnership in the context of the program's larger mission to connect the study of climate change with the lived experiences of people in urban environments, and the need to prioritize climate justice.
From the Judges
What an excellent piece of journalism, without any extra expenditure. A model for others. Enjoyed the lengthy interviews. Good use of quotes to move the story in a direction rather than just fill.