“Father of Environmental Justice” to Give Lecture on Environmental Racism

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 9, 2018—Scholar, author, and advocate, Robert Bullard, often referred to as “the father of environmental justice,” will give a lecture on “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Matter” at Williams College on Friday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public. Bullard will be available for a book-signing following his talk.

For decades, Bullard has been a leading voice against environmental racism—the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color—including the Flint water crisis and hurricane recovery in Houston and Puerto Rico. “Environmental justice embraces the principle that all people and communities are entitled to equal protection of our environmental laws,” Bullard told Ensia magazine. “It means fair treatment, and it means all people—regardless of race, color or national origin—are involved when it comes to implementing and enforcing environmental laws, regulations and policies.”

Author of 18 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, Bullard was named one of 13 “Environmental Leaders of the Century” by Newsweek.

He is the recipient of numerous environmental awards, including the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award, and Co-op America’s Building Economic Alternatives Award.

Currently, Bullard is a distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. In addition to his teaching and writing, he is a co-founder of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Climate Change Consortium.

This event is organized by the Departments of Africana Studies and Geosciences as part of the Afro-Diasporic Environmentalism Series: Explorations of environmental racism and justice. Book signing to follow.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map