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
- 2/5/2014 “20, It’s a Blessing: Celebrating Two Decades of Environmental Justice,” Brentin Mock, Grist.
- 1/23/2014 “Can a Local Leader Save the EPA’s Troubled Southeast Region?” Brentin Mock, Grist.
- 12/19/2013 “Through Boom and Bust, ‘Invisible Houston’ Persists,” Forrest Wilder, Texas Observer.
- 12/15/2013 “Blight of Illegal Dumps Spoils Houston’s Image,” Ingrid Lobet, The Houston Chronicle.
- 10/7/2013 “Environmental Justice Pioneer Sees Unfinished Work in Houston,” Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle.
- 9/24/2013 “Robert Bullard, Pioneer in Environmental Justice is Honored by Sierra Club,” Brentin Mock, Washington Post.
- 9/19/2013 “The Father of Environmental Justice Sees Danger in How Texas Regulates,” Dave Fehling, NPR StateImpact Texas.
In writing a couple of articles and a report for Black History Month and the 20-year commemoration of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, I had an opportunity to read a lot of papers, reports and articles. Here are my “Top 10″ picks that deal with environment, health and social inequality.
It has now been twenty years since President Bill Clinton signed the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.” The Executive Order has survived three presidents. Although it has never been fully implemented, there are some positive signs at the executive level that environmental justice is back on the federal radar.
This Tuesday February 11 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 signed by President Bill Clinton. Environmental justice leaders from all across the country will commemorate the historic signing of the Executive Order with mixed emotions. A team of researcher at Texas Southern University will release a new report, “Environmental Justice Timeline and Milestones, 1964-2014,” that tracks the Environmental Justice Movement over the past five decades, beginning with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The vast majority of environmental justice leaders two decades ago preferred to have environmental justice codified in law. However, that did not happen. They recognize the Environmental Justice Movement did not start with the Executive Order nor was it driven by government action. The 20-year commemoration is a time for grassroots-led movement leaders to reflect on how far they have come and where they are going.