Robert D. Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). READ MORE
- 6/16/2014 “Talking Clean and Acting Dirty,” Interview by Katherine Rowland, Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.
- 6/12/2014 “Robert Bullard: The Father of Environmental Justice,” Interview by Mary Hoff, Ensia Magazine.
- 5/30/2014 “Facts Don’t Matter: Community Faces Health Risk from New Incinerator,” Robert Bullard, the father of environmental justice and Curtis Bay youth activist Destiny Watford talk about the high stakes fight against the country’s largest incinerator under construction in Baltimore, The Real News.
- 5/2/2014 Interview of Robert D. Bullard, Environmental Justice: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, VoiceAmerica.com, Go Green Radio with host Jill Buck.
- 5/1/2014 “Report: Chemical stockpiles endanger poor, minorities,” James Bruggers, Detroit Free Press/USA Today.
- 4/12/2014 “A Fierce Green Fire: When Environmental Justice Meets Human Rights” (Video), airs on American Masters PBS Earth Day April 22, 2014.
- 4/10/2014 “Looking Back and Moving Forward on Environmental Justice: A National Conference (Video),” Harvard Law Today.
- 3/26/2014 “Can Houston Be Green Without Black and Brown?” Robert D. Bullard, Offcite, Cite Magazine Houston.
- 3/26/2014 “Looking Back and Moving Forward on Environmental Justice: Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society Hosts National Conference,” Sam Caravello, Gen Parshalle and Cecelia Segal, EPA Environmental Justice in Action.
- 2/10/2014 “New Report Tracks Environmental Justice Movement Over Past 50 Years,” Robert D. Bullard, OpEdNews.
- 1/23/2014 “Bullard: Poor Most at Risk in Chemical Disasters,” Robert D. Bullard, The Houston Chronicle.
Houston will be hosting three important environmental justice events during the first week of August. All of the meetings will address the disproportionate location of industrial polluting facilities and toxic dumping on low-income and people of color communities and the potential health effects. The Houston “petropolis” (with its no-zoning policy) provides a perfect case study for examining how environmental decision making over the years—with the absence of an equity and justice lens—placed low-wealth and people of color neighborhoods on the frontline of environmental assault and thus exposed them to elevated health risks. The Environmental Justice Movement has set a course to reverse and correct these past mistakes and prevent them from happening in the future.
Zero Waste Houston Coalition will hold an Environmental Justice and Waste Summit on Saturday August 2 at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston. The Summit organizers include local and national leaders who will present strategies to address race, waste and environmental justice issues in Houston. The Summit will bring special attention to Houston’s controversial “One Bin for All” trash recycling proposal which presents social environmental challenges by giving preference to siting a new waste facility in people of color neighborhoods. After more than three decades. some Houston residents may have to once again confront environmental racism.
The Zero Waste Houston Coalition released a new report, “It’s Smarter to Separate: How Houston’s Trash Proposal Would Waste Our Resources, Pollute Our Air and Harm Our Community’s Health,” on the steps of City Hall. The report details environmental problems and challenges facing the One Bin for All experiment the City of Houston is considering to jumpstart its recycling program. It also documents the environmental justice and civil rights implications of the City giving preference to existing landfills for the location of its new One Bin for All waste facility. Houston since the 1920s has located its landfills, incinerators and garbage transfer stations exclusively in mostly African American and Latino neighborhoods.