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
- 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.
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.
“Dumping in Dixie,” the first book to chronicle environmental justice struggles in the United States, turns 25. Although the book dealt with black communities in the South fighting against the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, residential apartheid and environmental racism, over the last quarter century “Dumping in Dixie” environmental justice framing has translated to larger race and class struggles in the United States and around the world.
Katrina and the Second Disaster: A 20-Point Plan to Destroy Black New Orleans Revisited After 10 Years
This August 29 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Now is a good time to revisit Katrina and the Second Disaster: A Twenty-Point Plan to Destroy Black New Orleans, a blog I wrote months after the disaster. Now after ten years, Katrina watchers, experts, urban planners, funders, government and nongovernment organizations, and community leaders point to some shocking statistics and trends: smaller African American footprint, rising income inequality, uptick in black child poverty, shortage of low-income housing, skyrocketing apartment rents, rampant housing discrimination, runaway neighborhood gentrification, and overall uneven recovery. While these outcomes are alarming, they should be no surprise given the array of decade-long policies built on preexisting racial inequality that preceded the 2005 storm. If you rebuild on inequality, you can expect more inequality—not less inequality.