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
- 10/5/2015 “Texas Southern University Dean Robert D. Bullard to Receive ABA Award for Environmental Stewardship,” American Bar Association, ABA News Release.
- 9/25/2015 “Houston Fortunate to Have Juan Parras as an Environmental Leader,” Marcelo Norsworthy, EDF-TX Texas Clean Air Matters.
- 9/10/2015 “Environmental Justice Champion Juan Parras Wins 2015 Robert Bullard EJ Award,” Tom Valtin, The Planet.
- 9/7/2015 “Hurricane Evacuation Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians,” Susan Buchanan, Huffington Post.
- 9/5/2015 “Dumping-in-Dixie Turns 25 As Racial Inequality Deepens,” Robert D. Bullard, OpEdNews.
- 8/31/2015 “New Environmental Justice Tool is Amazing!” Marcia G. Yerman, Moms Clean Air Force.
- 8/27/2015 “Lessons We Have Not Learned,” Tasbeeh Herwees, Good Magazine.
- 8/25/2015 “Racist 20-Point Plan to Destroy Black New Orleans Uncovered a Few Months After Hurricane Katrina,” Robert D. Bullard, OpEdNews.
- 8/18/2015 “This Prominent Opponent of Climate Change Action Has Taken Massive Amounts of Money from Big Oil Companies,” Ryan Koronowski, Climate Progress.
- 8/17/2015 “Racism in the Air You Breathe: When, Where You Live Determines How Fast You Die,” Charles D. Ellison, TheRoot.com.
- 8/10/2015 “Geography of Poverty South – Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems,” Part 1 | Trymaine Lee and Matt Black MSNBC.
- 7/9/2015 “Leadership at Work,” Diverse Green – Green 2.0.
- 7/2/2015 A Scholar Shines a Light on America’s Decades-Long History of Environmental Racism, Heather Shayne Blakeslee, Grid Magazine.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Climate Change Consortium is sending a delegation of 50 student leaders and faculty mentors to the United Nations COP21 Climate Summit in Paris. The summit runs from November 30 to December 11, 2015 and will bring together more than 125 world leaders, international organizations and civil society to discuss plans to achieve a new international agreement on the climate. The HBCU COP21 delegation includes 15 schools in states stretching from Texas to Pennsylvania.
The HBCU Climate Change Consortium was founded to support environmental and climate education and training, research, policy and civic engagement work—all viewed through an equity and justice lens. It is also fundraising to send a delegation of young emerging African American leaders from black colleges to the COP21 climate meetings in Paris this December.
Houston environmental activist Juan Parras is the 2015 recipient of the Sierra Club Robert D. Bullard Environmental Justice Award. Since 2006, Mr. Parras has led Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services or T.e.j.a.s, Houston lone Latino environmental justice organization, in its quest for health, justice and sustainability in Houston’s most environmentally challenged communities.