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Environmental Justice

The Center for the Environment has long-term interest in supporting research in, and programming on, aspects of environmental and social justice with particular emphasis on how research on topics ranging from systems of governance over environmental resources, to the right to live in safe and healthy communities to promotion of healthy ecosystems, and how these issues overlap and intersect.

Below, you will find a range of ways in which the Center promotes these goals through programming, research and educational events.

Land Acknowledgement

Purdue University is located in the traditional homelands of the Woodland People. We honor and appreciate these Indigenous caretakers which include the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People.

Environmental Justice Resource List

This round-up offers a curated resource list for scholars, practitioners, students, and activists interested in intersections among environmentalism, conservation, justice, and racism. Organized conceptually and thematically, this is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather one of many resources available that can generate new conversations in the classroom, in workshops, and across communities.

We thank the many contributors who provided feedback and suggestions for this document. This work was initiated by members of the Building Sustainable Communities Signature Research Area, Center for the Environment, Purdue University. Contributors included environmental justice scholars, activists, and artists from Purdue University and beyond. A special thanks to Zhao Ma, Malik Raymond, Melissa Poe, Shannon McMullen, Teresa Mares, Andrew Flachs, and Jennifer Johnson for their comments and contributions. Laura Zanotti served as the resource curator.

2021 Symposium: Next Steps – Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Racial Justice

The Center for the Environment worked with several organizations on campus and in conjunction with several other institutions of higher education in Indiana (Notre Dame, IUPUI, IU Bloomington) to organize a free two-day virtual, regional symposium entitled, “Next Steps – Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Racial Justice,” which took place on March 25-26, 2021.

More about the Symposium here.

Working Together for Environmental Justice in the Midwest

This virtual event, hosted by the Center for the Environment, featured discussion on current EPA efforts to improve environmental and social justice and environmental health in Indiana.

Panelists included: Alan Walts (EPA), Dr. Jason Kelly (IUPUI), Dr. Julie Peller (Valparaiso U), Denise Abdul-Rahman (Chisholm Legacy Project, NAACP), and Rev. Curtis Whittaker (FAITH Farms, Gary IN). The panel was moderated by Dr. Ellen Wells (Purdue).

Watch a recording of the event here.