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Building Just and Sustainable Communities in an Era of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The talk takes place from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by a book signing from 8:15 to 9:00 pm.)
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
222 S. Copeland St.

The college, in association with Sustainable Campus, Union Productions and the FSU Office of Student Sustainability, presents a talk by Dr. Robert Bullard, known as "The Father of Environmental Justice."

Bullard will speak on “Building Just and Sustainable Communities in the Era of Climate Change,” a reflection of his dedication to and passion for the intersectionality of social justice, the environment, human health, racial equity and urban planning.

He is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, the co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and an award-winning author of 18 books on race, equity, and environmental justice.

Reducing environmental, health, economic and racial disparities is a major priority of the Environmental Justice Movement, and Bullard has distinguished himself as a powerful leader and engaging advocate.

According to Bullard, race and class in American society map closely with pollution, unequal protection and vulnerability. Zip code, he maintains, is still the most potent predictor of an individual’s health and well-being.

As much an activist as an academic, he was one of the organizers of the first National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991, at which the principles of the movement were first developed.

In his lecture, as in his work, he emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and civic engagement in our communities for equitable solutions.

“Dr. Bullard speaks to the connection between issues, so this event reaches a wide and diverse audience,” says Jamie Valentine, partnerships coordinator at Sustainable Campus, which has taken the lead on organizing the event. “He will highlight the importance of collaboration across disciplines to solve complex global problems we are facing today.”

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of Bullard’s approach to these complex issues, his appearance at Florida State is made possible by a collaboration between several units and organizations. Sustainable Campus has partnered with Union Productions, the FSU Office of Student Sustainability and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP).

“We are excited to co-sponsor Dr. Bullard’s talk, since so many of our faculty members are deeply engaged in environmental concerns, particularly as they intersect with social issues,” said COSSPP Dean Tim Chapin. “We have a strong commitment to providing a foundation for research and leadership across many disciplines to take on the serious challenges society faces. Recognizing the value of taking that work to the broader community, we’re proud to have a part in showcasing the vital work of someone with such a peerless reputation.”

The first 100 FSU students to arrive for the event will receive a free copy of “The Wrong Complexion for Protection,” the acclaimed 2012 book by Bullard and Beverly Wright, founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. Bullard will autograph his book after his lecture. Additional copies available for purchase.

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