Dr. Sacoby Wilson is a professor, an environmental health scientist, and an outstanding environmental justice activist. As a professor within the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health, he brings his 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist to the lives of many. He collaborates primarily with community based organizations to understand and address environmental justice issues. His primary research focuses are issues that relate to socially disadvantaged, underserved, environmental justice issues, and health disparity related communities. These issues include air pollution, housing disparities, climate change, drinking water, built environment, food justice, industrial animal agriculture, sewer and water infrastructure, and many more. He has worked with many community groups throughout the South to address these issues, including the Low-Country Alliance for Model Communities in North and South Carolina, and the Graniteville Community Coalition in South Carolina.
Dr. Wilson’s environmental justice work has taken him to Houston, Texas; Savannah, Georgia; and Uniontown, Alabama. He now directs the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health Laboratory, which provides technical assistance and research support to communities in the DMV and across the nation, whom are fighting against environmental injustices . Under his direction, the lab has done meaningful research on the health effects to those who recreate and fish on the Anacostia River, environmental hazards and health impacts on those living in Brandywine, MD, and environmental injustices in South Baltimore, to name a few. He is a 2018 Taking Nature Black National Environmental Champion.