Funding will support MDI in the development of an innovative data collaborative, serving communities most at risk of racial and environmental injustice.
The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy will partner with data scientists at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to develop a data and computing infrastructure that researchers and community groups can use to design and implement programs that reduce risk of exposure to environmental hazards. The Environmental Justice Data Collaborative will directly support communities of color that disproportionately face racial and environmental inequities.
MDI was selected as a first-round grantee for its computing infrastructure, technical capacity and expertise in data governance, as well as McCourt’s commitment to furthering research and impact in communities most at risk of environmental injustice.
Launched in 2020, the Bezos Earth Fund is Jeff Bezos’s $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs and private-sector entities that are taking critical action to combat the climate crisis, preserve and protect the natural world, and support climate justice.