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
- 8/25/2014 “Environmental Justice Advocates Question Houston Recycling Plan,” Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune.
- 8/23/2014 “A Waste Solution May Lean Again on Low-Income Area,” Neena Satija, The New York Times.
- 8/1/2014 “Sierra Club Honors Environmental Justice: Who’s Next?,” Brentin Mock, Grist.
- 7/16/2014 “How Industrial Accidents Discriminate,” Robert D. Bullard and Richard Moore, Al Jazeera America.
- 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.
Non-Hispanic Whites make up only 26 percent of Houston. Yet, the city’s controversial One Bin for All recycling plan advisory committee is 80 percent white. It is hard to imagine how the nearly all-white One Bin committee can move forward in any credible way without the Mayor “fixing” the glaring omission of Hispanics on the advisory committee. This is not an insignificant point since Hispanics currently make up nearly half of the city’s population.
A detailed presentation examines the environmental justice implications of the One Bin for All plan in the context of Houston’s discriminatory waste facility siting pattern. From the 1970s to present, in no-zoning Houston, the city’s black and brown neighborhoods were “unofficially zoned for garbage.”
The U.S. EPA held a public hearing in Region 6 to get comments on its new proposed updates to emissions standards for refineries and impact on fenceline communities. The hearing was held in Galena Park, Texas, a refinery community located just east of Houston.