The Sierra Club has announced the establishment of a new award that will honor an individual or a group that has done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice. The award will be named after Robert Bullard, one of the founders of the environmental justice movement and dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston.
“I must say that I am humbled, honored, and at the same time excited to a have the Sierra Club name its Environmental Justice Award after me,” said Dr. Bullard. “For someone who has spent most of his adult life teaching, writing and lecturing, I am speechless.”
Dr. Bullard received the John Muir Award in 2013, the highest honor given by the Sierra Club. He is the author of 18 books including Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 1990), which is now in its third edition. One of his latest books, which he co-authored, is The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (New York University Press, 2012).
Dr. Bullard is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. He earned a master’s degree at Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University.