Robert D. Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in 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
- 10/15/2016 “We Cannot Breathe: A Poor Alabama Town Has Lived with the Rotten Egg Stench for 8 Years,” Ivan Penn, The LA Times
- 10/13/2016 “Environmental Injustice: How the BP Spill Impacted Poor Gulf Communities,” Daniel Jacobs, Alternet.
- 9/28/2016 “Scientists Say: Donald Trump is Not Who We Are,” Eugenie Scott, Not Who We Are.
- 9/28/2016 “Civil Rights Agency Blasts EPA for Weak Environmental Justice Record,” Zahra Hirji, Inside Climate News.
- 9/8/2016 “Environmental Justice Leaders Confront Value Gap,” Keith Rushing, Huffington Post.
- 8/27/2016 “Sewer Spills Put City Under EPA Scrutiny,” Mike Morris, The Houston Chronicle.
- 7/28/2016 “The Color of Pollution: How Environmental Contamination Targets People of Color,” Larry Buhl, DeSmog Blog.
- 7/8/2016 “The Alabama Landfill That Brought Noise, Health Woes, and a Lawsuit,” Kendra Pierre-Louis, Daily Yonder.
- 7/2/2016 “Climate Change’s Iniquitous Transmission of Urgency: The Gulf South,” Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright, Common Dreams.
- 5/26/2016 “Robert Bullard: 26 Miles Toward Justice,” ISU Alumni Association, Visions.
- 5/1/2016 “U.S. Preaches Human Rights Across the Globe, But Fails to Provide Black and Poor People a Basic Human Right,” David Lowe, Atlanta Black Star.
- 4/30/2016 “Floodwaters Raise Ire in West Wharton,” Emily Foxhall, The Houston Chronicle.
- 4/18/2016 “Visiting Speaker: ‘There are Many Flints in This Country,” Vanessa Miller, The Gazette (Cedar, Rapids, Iowa).
- 4/3/2016 “Climate Justice for All,” Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, Green American Magazine Issue 105.
- 4/1/2016 “Tracking the Oil Train Menace,” Ryanne Persinger, The Philadelphia Tribune.
- 3/9/2016 “Environmental Justice Activists React to Candidates in Flint Debate,” Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly.
- 3/8/2016 “At Flint Debate, Clinton and Sanders Avoid Talk of Environmental Racism,” Lisa Song, Inside Climate News.
- 2/28/2016 “Bernie Sanders’ Nuclear Votes Divide Activists,” Jamie Lovegrove, The Texas Tribune.
- 2/16/2016 “Let’s Make 2016 the Year of Justice: A Call for Environmental Justice Milestones,” Robert D. Bullard, Common Dreams.
- 2/11/2016 “This Professor Says Flint’s Water Crisis Amounts to Environmental Racism,” Adam Wernick, Public Radio International (PRI), Living on Earth.
- 2/3/2016 “Five Questions for Robert Bullard on the Flint Water Crisis and Justice,” Yale Environment e360 Digest.
- 1/30/2016 “Flint Evokes the Public Health Racism of Years Past,” Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe.
- 1/29/2016 “Environmental Racism Explained,” Dena Takruri, YouTube AJ+.
- 1/29/2016 “Flint and Environmental Racism,” Steve Curwood, Living on Earth.
- 1/28/2016 “Can Flint Crisis Spotlight Need for Action on Lead Nationwide?” Jessica Mendoza, Christian Science Monitor.
- 1/26/2016 “If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be in Black America,” Brentin Mock, CityLab.
- 1/23/2016 “7 Toxic Assaults on Communities of Color Besides Flint: The Dirty Racial Politics of Pollution,” David J. Krajicek, AlterNet.
- 1/22/2016 “Rejecting Snyder’s Claim, Experts Say Poisoning of Flint Blatant Racial Injustice,” Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams.
- 1/22/2016 “Flint’s Water Crisis is a Blatant Example of Environmental Injustice,” Robert D. Bullard, The Conversation.
- 1/22/2016 “Hillary Clinton Has Made Environmental Racism a Campaign Issue,” Timeline.com, Timeline.
- 1/20/2016 “Republicans Might Ignore Flint’s Poisonous Water, But Millennials Won’t,” Daniel J. McGraw, Next City.
- 1/13/2016 “Why We Still Need to Focus on Environmental Justice,” Robert D. Bullard, Ensia Magazine.
In 2016, we have an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate some important environmental justice milestones and work on finishing other struggles. The Flint water crisis unfolding today provides a textbook case for why we must build justice and equal protection into environmental decision making. It’s time to stand with communities endangered by environmental injustice and the principle of profit over people. Let’s make 2016 the year of justice.
Comments by Robert D. Bullard at EPA Title VI Civil Rights Listening Session Houston – January 12, 2016
EPA holds Title VI Civil Rights listening session at Texas Southern University in Houston to get public comments on its proposed amendments to nondiscrimination regulation.
Three Texas Southern University Mickey Leland Scholars are part of a 50-member delegation of student leaders and faculty mentors who will be attending the United Nations COP21 Climate Summit in Paris. The HBCU COP21 delegation includes 15 schools in states stretching from Texas to Pennsylvania.