PhD Sociology ’76
Robert Bullard is known worldwide as the Father of Environmental Justice, a movement aimed at reshaping and broadening our definition of the word “environmental.”
After completing his doctorate at ISU, Bullard began studying environmental discrimination and went on to author 18 books on such topics as sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity – moving the studies of environmentalism and social justice together in groundbreaking ways. In 2008, Newsweek named Bullard one of the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. In 2014 the Sierra Club created an environmental justice award and named it after Bullard, who in 2013 also received the organization’s prestigious John Muir Award – becoming the first African American ever to do so. He is also the 2015 recipient of the American Bar Association Environmental Stewardship Award.
Bullard has also been recognized with the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award, as one of CNN’s People You Should Know, with the Co-op America Building Economics Alternatives Award, as one of the Grio’s “100 Black History Makers in the Making,” as one of Planet Harmony’s “Ten African American Green Heroes,” and in Welcomebooks’ “Everyday Heroes: 50 American Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time.”
Currently a dean/distinguished professor at Texas Southern University, Bullard is active with the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Project, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Climate Change Consortium.
He is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
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