HBCU Climate Change Initiative – Moving forward from the Big Apple to the Big Easy PDF Print E-mail

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Over 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 to send a message to the world that now is the time for our nation to take responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The HBCU Climate Change Initiative student and faculty delegation descended on New York with 105 representatives from Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Lincoln University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.


Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University organized the participation of HBCU students from across the country in the March as an activity of the HBCU Climate Change Initiative. Drs. Beverly Wright and Robert Bullard, started the HBCU Climate Change Initiative in 2011 to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable and marginalized communities and to develop the next generation of leaders on issues related to environmental justice policies, community resilience, and adaptation.

Louisiana residents travel to Galena Park to support EPA Refinery Rule PDF Print E-mail

Twenty-four residents representing eight Louisiana communities traveled to Galena Park, Texas on August 5, 2014 in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency Refinery Rule to force petroleum refineries to reduce toxic air emissions. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in partnership with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights organized a group of community residents who have suffered both physical and psychological health problems from toxic chemical exposure due to emissions from nearby refineries in their community. There are currently 142 petroleum refineries in the United States. Exposure to toxic air pollutant emissions can cause upper respiratory problems and can increase the risk of developing cancer.

2014 TRI National Conference Draws Diverse Audience PDF Print E-mail

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice co-hosted the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities in Arlington, VA May 7 – 9, 2014. Over three hundred attendees gathered to learn more about the Toxics Release Inventory data tools, how to access the tools and how researchers and communities are using the data. Researchers from several institutions looked at the links between air toxics and academic performance by examining air releases from industrial sources around public schools. Other presentations included a community-driven research assessment of spatial disparities, cumulative burden and impact in the distribution of TRI facilities in communities of color. This was Dillard University's first year co-sponsoring the TRI National Conference with the EPA. This year's conference targeted a diverse audience with more participation from environmental justice communities to ensure vulnerable communities gain the knowledge needed to use TRI data to help impact policy and reduce toxic exposure in their communities.

Free Hazardous Waste Worker Training PDF Print E-mail

Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Education and Training Institute (DU/DSCEJ) is offering free classes for certification in Hazardous Waste Worker Training that is required by local, state and federal agencies to conduct work in this field.  The classes will be offered FREE of charge and is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The DSCEJ is striving to reach minority and small businesses, first responders, and union workers to provide the training necessary to meet federal safety standards. The DSCEJ will provide training for qualified individuals and organizations listed below:


  • Minority and Small Businesses
  • First Responders
  • City Government
  • Medical Workers
  • Unions
  • Other workers at- risk from exposure to hazardous materials
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