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Bullard to Address Environmental and Climate Justice in the United States

Dr. Robert D. Bullard
February 04, 2024

Alumnus Dr. Robert Bullard to Give Keynote at AAMU Urban Planning Conference

He was the first was the scientist to publish systematic research on the links between race and exposure to pollution. Alabama A&M University alumnus Dr. Robert D. Bullard will be the keynote speaker at the Department of Community and Regional Planning’s Annual Urban Planning Conference on Friday, February 23, 2024. This year's conference theme is “Climate Change Planning and the Questions of Environmental Justice.”

Widely known as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” Bullard will discuss "The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice in the United States.”

Bullard, who received his B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University, M.A. degree from Atlanta University and Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University, is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and founding director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University.

The educator, researcher, policy analyst, and award-winning author helped develop and grow the Environmental Justice Movement and is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and the National Black Environmental Justice Network.

Bullard has testified on hundreds of environmental and civil rights lawsuits over the past three decades, including testimony in the U.S. Congressional hearings, and has delivered keynote addresses at hundreds of national and international conferences, including United Nation's Summits.

His honors include the United Nations Environmental Program’s Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition from Apolitical as one the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy. In 2021, President Joseph R. Biden named him to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

AAMU’s 2024 Urban Planning Conference will include sessions on the research, practice, and policy development that address the challenges of environmental justice in the delivery of climate change-related solutions. Presenters include researchers from Auburn University, Kansas State University, Jackson State University and Alabama A&M University.

The conference is free for AAMU students, faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public.

Registration is required:

For more, contact or 256-372-4990.