Dr. Robert Bullard is Recognized by Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Society

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2023

Dr. Robert Bullard

Texas Southern University professor Dr. Robert Bullard has been selected to receive the Horizon Award from the Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Society. The Award is presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to environmental law and policy. The recognition is a means of acknowledging great people who are accomplishing extraordinary works in the field of environment and natural resources law, and to provide a forum in which to discuss those achievements.

“I am excited about receiving the Harvard Law School Horizon Award that recognizes my environmental justice work that started more than four decades ago in Houston and at Texas Southern University my first job out of graduate school,” said Dr. Bullard. “In 1979, environmental justice was a footnote. Today, it’s a headline.”

Often called the “Father of Environmental Justice,” Dr. Bullard is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and the Founding Director of the Bullard Center for Environment Justice at TSU and an award-winning author of 18 books. He has received numerous honors throughout his career for his contributions to environmental justice, including the United Nations Environmental Program’s Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition from Apolitical as one the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy. In 2021, President Joseph R. Biden named him to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

“After a federal district judge in Houston failed to see the blatant environmental racism perpetrated on Black Houstonians in Bean v Southwestern Waste Management Corp., the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge environmental discrimination using civil rights laws,” said Dr. Bullard, “I vowed to continue the fight to advance environmental and climate justice education, research, scholarship, policy and civic engagement work through HBCU-led partnerships, networks and consortia.”   

Dr. Bullard will be presented with the award during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.


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Last updated: 03/30/2023