The Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series committee is excited to announce that Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice,” will deliver a timely virtual presentation focused on the intersections of climate change and environmental justice. This event is free and open to all audiences.

The presentation will be hosted via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1. It will be followed by a Q&A session.UNI campus

Bullard's presentation titled, “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice,” will focus primarily on the U.S. and the need for empowering vulnerable populations, identifying environmental justice and climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation, emergency management and community resilience and disaster recovery strategies. He will offer a framework for dismantling systemic racism and policies and practices that create, exacerbate, and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability.

Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University 2011-2016. Professor Bullard currently is distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. 

He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is an award-winning author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response, and community resilience, smart growth, and regional equity. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium. Bullard is a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran. More information about Bullard is here:

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