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Dr. Robert Bullard (He/Him)

Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University; Board Member, The Climate Reality Project


Dr. Robert D. Bullardis the distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University in Houston. He was an expert witness on the 1979Bean v Southwestern Waste Management Corp. case, the first lawsuit to challenge environmental racism using civil rights law. Dr. Bullard is often called the “father of environmental justice.”He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortiumand National Black Environmental Justice Network. Dr. Bullard is the author of 18 books.His Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and EnvironmentalQualityintroducedmany readers to the field of environmental justice. Hislatest book is The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities(2012). In 2008,Newsweeknamed him one of its “13 Environmental Leaders of the Century.” In 2013, Sierra Club honored him with the John Muir Award and in 2014 named its new environmental justice award after Dr. Bullard.In 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit named Dr. Bullard one of22 Climate Trailblazers.In 2019, Apolitical named him one of the world’s100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy,and Climate One presented him with the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.And in 2020, WebMD named him one of its Health Heroes Trailblazers,and the United Nations Environment Program honored him with its Champions of the Earth Lifetime Leadership Award.
Robert D. Bullard