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
- 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.
- 7/1/2015 “Diversifying Mainstream Environmental Groups is Not Enough,” Robert D. Bullard and Robert Garcia, Parks and Recreation Magazine.
- 6/1/2015 “EARTHtalks: Dr. Robert Bullard,” Keynote Address, Vienna, Austria, Neongreen Network Video.
- 6/1/2015 “Commentary: Robert Bullard Interview,” Earth Island Journal, Zoe Loftus-Farren.
- 6/1/2015 “A Neighborhood Apart: A Corpus Christi Highway Project Threatens to Sever A Community Already Devastated by Industry,” Texas Observer, Pricilla Mosqueda.
- 5/31/2015 “Green Groups Set Sights on Diversity,” Politico, Andrew Restuccia.
- 5/29/2015 “The Politics of Pollution,” FM4.ORF.at Radio Vienna, Chris Cummins.
- 4/14/2015 “ China’s Texas Hold’em: Chemical Plants Flank Historic Black Community,” Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America.
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.
The Iowa State University Alumni Association named me its 2015 Alumni Merit Award recipient (PhD Sociology, Ag and Life Sciences 1976). I will be joining some esteemed company, including my hero George Washington Carver (1894 ISU alum) who received the Award in 1937.
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.