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September 05, 2014

Why HBCUs Must Lead on Climate Justice

The nation’s 104 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play a significant role in training African Americans and other leaders of color in all fields. More than 80 percent of the HBCUs are found in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic region of the United States. Many southern communities where HBCUs are located and where they draw the vast majority of their students are at ground zero in the fight for climate justice. Climate-related disasters in the southern U.S. have outnumbered those in other regions of the U.S. annually in both scale and magnitude by a ratio of almost 4:1 during the past decade. The southern region is vulnerable not only because of its physical location and but also because of its high prevalence of concentrated poverty, uninsured households, income and wealth inequality, health care disparities, and food insecurity, combined to create a perfect storm of vulnerability if and when natural and human-made disasters strike. Given the region’s unique history, a “southern initiative” is needed to address climate vulnerability and develop strategies for building just and resilient communities.

August 03, 2014

Three-Day EPA Environmental Justice Training Workshop Kicks Off in Houston on August 6

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 will conduct an Environmental Justice Training Workshop in Houston on August 6-8 for local leaders in the Houston Metro region. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by Houston-based Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (T.E.J.A.S.) and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

April 17, 2014

Second Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference Kicks Off in New Orleans

The Second Annual HBCU Climate Change Student Conference kicks off today and runs through Saturday April 19 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference is hosted by Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. All sessions are held on the Dillard campus except for the community tour that begins on Thursday afternoon.

August 17, 2013

Headed to Environmental Justice Conference in Rio de Janeiro

Travelling to Brazil always excites me. My last visit was in June 2012 for the Rio+20United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).On the visit this month, I will be giving several talks at the III Seminar on Environmental Justice, Racial Equality and Education, which will happen in two cities of the metropolitan area of Rio

November 09, 2011

Toward Environmental Justice for All: Addressing Race, Poverty and Pollution

DETROIT, November 9, 2011 – The Fourth National PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous America opened on Monday in Detroit. This afternoon, I will be speaking on a panel entitled “Tackling Poverty and Pollution: New Directions in Environmental Justice” from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The afternoon panel will explore some