Welcome to the Bullard Center
We're connecting the dots on environmental, climate, energy, economic, health and racial justice.
The Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University combines scholarship and action to dismantle systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities.
The Bullard Center’s primary mission is to confront systems that create and perpetuate environmental, climate and racial injustice.
Our vision is to be a leading force for transformative environmental and climate justice using rigorous science, community-driven research, policy, civic engagement programming, and effective advocacy.
Our goal is to lead and support efforts whose aim is to end systemic racism and structural inequality where Black people live, work, play, learn, and pray, and advance environmental and climate justice, sustainability and community resilience--viewed through a racial justice and equity lens.
Our Core Team
The Bullard Center’s Core Team includes interdisciplinary scholars, scientists, researchers, and practitioners drawn from programs within the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.
Policy Priority Areas
The Bullard Center uses a data-driven approach and applies a racial justice and equity lens in seeking solutions to the multiple converging threats and challenges facing Black people and their communities. Policy priorities include:
- Environmental and Climate Justice (environmental and climate justice, oil and gas pollution, clean energy transition, disasters, sustainability, parks and green access, food and water security, community resilience)
- Health and Economic Well Being (health disparities, poverty alleviation, income inequality, employment, small business contracting, and business ownership
- Equitable Development and Infrastructure (flood control and flood protection, just recovery, hazards mitigation, transportation equity, transit-oriented development)
- Housing (affordable housing, fair housing, homeownership, disinvestment that concentrates poverty, racial redlining, displacement, and gentrification)
- Land Use, Urban and Regional Planning (land use, smart growth, civic engagement, political representation, and regional equity)
The Bullard Center uses science, research, policy and on-the-ground partnerships and engagement to support environmental, climate and racial justice and health equity in frontline communities.
- Multi-Hazard Communication Project (Houston) Funder: Houston Endowment
- Multi-Hazard Disaster Preparedness Communication Project (Houston) Funder: JP Morgan Chase Foundation
- Exploring Civic Engagement During COVID (Houston)Funder: AmeriCorps
- Data to Action Project (Houston) Funder: Environmental Defense Fund
- Public Transportation and COVID - Understanding How COVID-19 Has Reduced Bus and Transit Ridership in Harris County, Texas Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape Research Center (Houston) Funder: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
- Climate Migration Project (Houston) Funder: Urban Institute and Gulf Research Program National Academies
- COVID-19 Quickstrike Project (Gulf Coast) Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Communities Worker Health and Safety Training Program (Gulf Coast) Funder: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.
- JoAnn Bogwu
- Bumseok Chun Ph.D.
- Bertina Carter, B.A.
- Jessica Hewett, B.S.
- Glenn S. Johnson, Ph.D.
- Paulette Lynch
- Denae King Ph.D.
- Sarmistha R. Majumdar Ph.D.
- Earthea Nance Ph.D.