MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SUMMIT 2020
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Michigan's Conference on Race and the Environment & Looking Towards the Future
FEBRUARY 13, 2020:
The School for Environment and Sustainability honors the 30th Anniversary of the "Incidence of Environmental Hazards Conference," which helped put environmental justice (EJ) on the national radar for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Building on the momentum of the 1990 conference, the University of Michigan soon became the first university to establish environmental justice as an academic field of study.
Looking forward, the Michigan Environmental Justice Summit 2020 will take lessons from the past and look towards the future. The event will highlight the challenges and opportunities now—and for the future—of environmental justice, and how YOU can make an impact and create a more equitable, inclusive future.
As part of U-M’s year-long series "Earth Day at 50," the university is working with local and regional partners to catalyze a mass movement for climate and environmental justice. Now more than ever, justice must be at the center of today’s movement in order to bring about true transformative change.
Join us for a dynamic discussion with our panel of environmental justice game changers:
Michelle Martinez (MS ’08) SEAS alumna
Dr. Robert Bullard
Known as the “Father of Environmental Justice”
Policy Director, New Consensus
Senior Policy Advisor, EPA
Environmental Justice Public Advocate,
The 1990 “Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards," organized by Bunyan Bryant and Paul Mohai, helped to springboard environmental justice as a legitimate academic endeavor, and sparked high-level government meetings. These meetings contributed to President Bill Clinton signing the Executive Order “Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” and a special task force by the EPA.
Original 1990 Conference Attendees at the Dana Building: Starting from the top, from left to right: Patrick West (U of M), Paul Mohai (U of M), Hubert Watters (EPA), Randall Shobe (EPA), David Grim (EPA), Arthur Turner (EPA), Kwame Sarpong (UMass), Henry Davis (U of M), Harvey White (U of Pittsburgh), Charles Lee (UCC), Robert D. Bullard (UCR), Stephanie Cronen (U of M), Cynthia Harris (ATSDR), Beverly Wright (Wake Forest), Conner Bailey (Auburn), Bunyan Bryant (U of M), Cheryl Calloway (MDNR), Angela Nagel (U of M), Dorceta Taylor (Yale, now U of M), Ivette Perfecto (U of M), Alfred Dorsey (ATSDR)