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
- 4/14/2015 “ China’s Texas Hold’em: Chemical Plants Flank Historic Black Community,” Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America.
- 3/6/2015 “50 Years After Selma, A Search for Environmental Justice,” Brentin Mock, Grist.
- 3/6/2015 “Bill Seeks to East Pollution Burden on Poor, Minorities,” Matthew Tresaugue, The Houston Chronicle.
- 2/6/2015 “Introducing Dr. Robert Bullard in Honor of Black History Month,” Keith Rushing, Earthjustice.
- 2/6/2015 “This is What Happens When Cities Trash Equity,” Rachel Dovey, Next City.
- 1/15/2015 “Here’s What Climate Activists Should Do in 2015,” Grist Staff, Grist Magazine.
- 1/8/2015 “Toxic Communities and the Fight for Environmental Justice, WNPR News, Where We Live, Lydia Brown.
- 12/30/2014 How Environmental Justice Fared in 2014, and the Outlook for 2015,” Brentin Mock, Grist Magazine.
Dillard University and Texas Southern University convened the Third Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference in New Orleans on March 26-29. More than 200 students and faculty mentors from 19 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and community based organization leaders attended the four-day event. Consortium members developed a 6-month fund-raising plan to ensure a diverse number of students/faculty mentors and CBO leaders engage in on-the-ground activities leading up to the United Nations COP21 in Paris, France November 30 thru December 11, 2015.
A major study from Green 2.0 has once again brought national attention to the whiteness of mainstream environmental organizations. A major push is now underway to diversity these groups by adding more people of color to their boards and staff. However, diversifying white environmental organizations is only part of the solution. Diversifying funding to people of color and indigenous environmental organizations and institutions must be given equal weight in addressing current and future environmental challenges going forward as we transition to a majority people of color nation in the next thirty years.
A coalition of environmental and climate justice and civil rights leaders will hold a tribunal in Selma, AL on Saturday March 7 as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Jubilee Bridge Crossing. The tribunal will feature the testimonies of leaders from communities from across Alabama who will speak with jurists from around the country who are experienced in achieving environmental justice victories. The theme of the tribunal is “Change Is Gonna Come: Advancing an Environmental and Climate Justice Agenda in the South.” A strategy session will also be held to map out a “southern initiative” on climate justice.