Elizabeth is a doctoral student in the Community and Regional Planning Program and the interdisciplinary Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program. Her dissertation research investigates the potential of low-income home renovation programs to enhance environmental justice and sustainability in centrally located, gentrifying neighborhoods. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Austin Housing Repair Coalition, a group of 17 public, non-profit, and private organizations dedicated to improving the health and environmental performance of low-income housing through home renovations. Prior to her doctoral work at UT, Elizabeth earned a BA in Peace and Justice Studies with an Economics minor at Wellesley College, studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Northeastern University, and worked at the Urban Ecology Institute where she managed Boston's first city-wide, volunteer-based, street tree inventory. As a master's student in CRP at UT, Elizabeth worked with classmates and community members to develop the East Austin Environmental Justice Project, a community mapping and information system. In her free-time, Elizabeth volunteers her time with UpLift Austin, a nonprofit that educates youth in the fundamentals of sustainable design through renovation of their own schools.

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