Father of Environmental Justice Discusses Environmental Injustice at CUNY Law


March 20, 2014

Queens, NY— Dr. Robert Bullard, dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, will join Anna Sale, WNYC host and reporter, and CUNY Law Professor Rebecca Bratspies in a discussion of environmental justice and the future of the field as income inequality continues to grow and climate change places increasing demand on limited resources.

“After more than five decades since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and two decades after the signing of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice, all communities are still not created equal. Unfortunately, your zip code is one of the best predictors of health in the United States,” says Bullard.

Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. Newsweek has named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, and urban land use, among other issues. His most recent book is The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities.

Bratspies is a professor and the founding director of CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER). CUER promotes environmental democracy as a critical aspect of social justice. It seeks to expand participation in public decision-making and to increase transparency and overall access to information to enhance both the legitimacy of environmental decision-making processes and the fairness of decisions reached.

Anna Sale is a host and reporter at WNYC, where she covered the 2013 New York mayoral race in all five boroughs and the 2012 president election in swing states across America. She is a frequent fill-in host for The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show, and she’s contributed to NPR, Marketplace, CNN, PBS Newshour, MSNBC, BBC, Slate, and NY1. Sale is currently developing an interview show for WNYC called Death Sex & Money that launches in spring 2014.


Founded in 1983, CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. The school trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities. A greater percentage of graduates from CUNY Law choose careers in public interest and public service than any other law school in the nation. National Jurist ranks CUNY Law #1 in the nation in placing graduates in public interest law jobs in the U.S., sixth in the national for best public interest law school, and second in the nation for diversity. U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY Law fourth in the nation for “Best Clinical Programs,” and in the top ten for diversity.

Contact: Abbi Leman, abbi.leman@law.cuny.edu, (718) 340-4472