School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Justice News & Highlights

Dorceta Taylor, SNRE Professor and Field of Study Coordinator for the Environmnental Justice Program, has produced an authoratative and comprehensive overview of environmental justice in America in her new book, Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (from NYU Press). 

By Wufan Jia, Environmental Policy and Planning, Sustainable Systems

My first day at the COP meetings was so informational that I am forced to highlight only the most interesting points. I will talk about the meetings I attended and you may get a sense of what is going on here, and as I am more interested in China, I pay more attention to events about China today. 

Katie Browne, Environmental Justice

 

Here at the Conference of Parties in Lima, I have been struck by the odd mixture of rah-rah optimism and doomsday pessimism permeating the corridors and negotiating rooms. It is an odd disjuncture, especially for a first-timer to the COP process. While everyone acknowledges that the cost of failure to reach a climate deal next year in Paris is so high as to be almost inconceivable, the possibility for failure remains a lurking reality.

By Arman Golrokhian

This past weekend, I and Samantha Shattuck attended the COY10 (Conference of Youth) in Lima, Peru. COY is an annual event that gathers youth from all around the world to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences about engaging their communities in better understanding, addressing, and adapting to adverse climate change issues at regional and global scales.

SNRE Doctoral Candidate Cybelle Shattuck won "The Marion McFarland Taylor Award for Best Research Paper in the Area of Religion, Ecology, and Sustainability", and received her award at last week's Midwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion. 
 

This past Saturday, SNRE Environmental Justice professor Paul Mohai received the 2014 Damu Smith Power of One Leadership Award presented at the Second Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference held at Dillard University in New Orleans, April 17-19, 2014.  The conference was co-sponsored by Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s twenty-year tenure at the Center for the Education of Women, CEW created the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Awardees are faculty and staff—either individuals or groups—whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

A list of the 40 most influential environmental justice conflicts in American history—compiled by students at the University of Michigan—has been added to a new "Global Atlas of Environmental Justice," an interactive online map detailing about 1,000 environmental conflicts worldwide. The atlas is a product of the European Union-funded EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade), which is hosting a conference this month in Lund, Sweden.

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