State of the Air Luncheon features the Father of Environmental Justice

By Bob Levy, Board Member and President Emeritus, Air Alliance Houston

On February 3rd, Air Alliance Houston is again sponsoring its annual State of the Air luncheon. It will be held at Seasons 52 restaurant, 4410 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, from 11 am until 1 pm. This year we are proud to announce that our speaker will be Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and member of the Air Alliance Houston board of directors. He is often described as the father of environmental justice.

Professor Bullard is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.  He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. In 1990, he was the first environmental justice scholar to receive the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conservation Achievement Award in Science for “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality.”  Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” andPlanet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.” In 2012, he was featured in Welcomebooks Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time by Katrina Fried. In 2013, he was honored with the Sierra Club John Muir Award, the first African American to win the award.  And in 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after Dr. Bullard.

Air Alliance Houston has presented annual State of the Air breakfasts or luncheons for the past 8 years.  Each year prominent figures in protecting our environment address the attendees.  This is a great opportunity for anyone concerned about the Houston region’s air quality, including those working in non-profits, government, and industry. In addition to getting updates on air quality, you can network with colleagues who share your interests and concerns.

Please register online for the State of the Air luncheon at stateoftheair.ezregister.com. A $35 ticket includes a 3-course family-style lunch, tax and gratuity.