Environmental Justice Resource Center

Clark Atlanta University
223 James P. Brawley Drive
Atlanta GA 30314

phone: 404-880-6911
fax: 404-880-6909
email: ejrc@cau.edu


Contact:  Robert D. Bullard, PhD  --  404-880-6920  --  rbullard@cau.edu

  

  

  

  

Web site:   www.ejrc.cau.edu

 

Mission:

From the EJRC website:

"The Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC) at Clark Atlanta University was formed in 1994 to serve as a research, policy, and information clearinghouse on issues related to environmental justice, race and the environment, civil rights, facility siting, land use planning, brownfields, transportation equity, suburban sprawl, and Smart Growth. The overall goal of the center is to assist, support, train, and educate people of color, students, professionals, and grassroots community leaders with the goal of facilitating their inclusion into the mainstream of environmental decision-making. The center is multi-disciplinary in its focus and approach. It serves as a bridge among the social and behavioral sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering, management, and legal disciplines to solve environmental problems. The center's programs build on the work that it staff has been engaged in for over two decades."

 

Description:

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Archives. The EJRC serves as a national archive for environmental justice artifacts, including audio and video tapes, documentary films, photographs, slides, maps, and related materials. The center receives numerous requests for its photographs (dating back to the late 1970s) and graphics materials that traces the historical roots of national environmental justice. Many of these items are sought publication in popular and scientific articles, newspapers, periodicals, and books.

Annotated Bibliography. The center maintains an annotated bibliography on the major articles, monographs, books, reports, and other publications on environmental justice, race and the environment, facility siting, environmental justice and the law, etc.

Community-Driven Policy Research. Research is major component of the EJRC's mission. Much of this research is guided by the needs identified by low-income and people of color community leaders. Examples of research areas addressed at the EJRC include: Public participation, community impact assessment, healthy and sustainable communities, children environmental health, housing and urban revitalization, brownfields, transportation equity, regional growth and suburban sprawl, social equity and civil rights, redlining and urban disinvestments, gentrification and displacement, and smart growth.

Community Outreach. The EJRC provide technical outreach services and networking activities to community based organizations. The staff provides support in proposal writing, press releases and briefings, public hearings, and expert testimony (written and oral) in citizens complaints and legal cases.

Conference Center. The EJRC plans, coordinates, and hosts major conferences that address issues on a range of topics, including environmental justice, transportation, community revitalization, healthy and sustainable communities, suburban sprawl, etc.

GIS Research and Training. The EJRC conducts research and training classes using Geographic Information System (GIS) and facilitates technical assistance and community access to health and environmental data sets, Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and other databases.

Lecture Series. The center participates in and plans an Annual Lecture Series. The lecture series highlight cutting-edge research, books, and other works by people of color.

Media Center and Video Production. The EJRC in conjunction with CAU-TV produces education al and training videos. The videos are used by government, nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions. This component involves working in conjunction with students, faculty, and staff at CAU-TV and the university's Mass Communication Department.

Policy Advisory Team. The Policy Advisory Team is a national "think tank" of environmental justice scholars, researchers, and other leaders drawn from around the country from impacted communities, community based organizations, civil rights and legal groups, academia, the scientific community, and public health sector. The Policy Advisory Team issues policy statements, position papers, and briefings. It also convenes roundtables and working groups as the need arises.

Publications and Document Production. The EJRC publishes newsletters, proceedings, and reports. It staff has also written and or edited a number of important books that address housing, urban disinvestments, environmental racism, transportation equity, costs and consequences of suburban sprawl, and race and the city. The EJRC books can be ordered on line or from major booksellers. The center also conducts a national survey of colleges and universities to retrieve environmental justice course offerings, syllabi, student research, and community projects in a wide range of disciplines such as environmental studies, sociology, political science, urban planning, land use, housing, law, public health, geography, business, natural resources, transportation, public administration, waste management, pollution prevention, risk assessment, occupational health and safety, and international affairs, etc.

Resource Directory and Database. The EJRC maintains a comprehensive directory and database of people of color environmental groups in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. The database also includes environmental, legal, health, transportation, housing, labor, and other organization that work on environmental and economic justice issues.

Telesurveys. A major component of environmental justice research involves opinion polls and attitude surveys. The EJRC conducts surveys on a wide range of issues to assist in assessing community needs. An array of social and behavioral sciences are brought to bear (via opinion research) on the full range of societal issues.

Training Institute. The EJRC is designed to reach an audience that historically has been underrepresented in environmental education, training and technology transfer, and environmental policy formulation. It focuses on building, linking, supporting, and strengthening collaboration among diverse stakeholders (i.e., academia, community, government, civil rights and social justice groups, religious community, business, and organized labor. The Training institute develops education curricula, training modules, workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Vitabank and Speakers Clearinghouse. The center maintains a database of people of color professionals and technical advisors from a wide array of disciplines for referrals, hearings, expert witnesses, written testimony, report evaluation, conferences and seminar speakers, peer review panels, and scientific advisory boards.

 

Resources to Share:

EJRC VIDEO PRODUCTIONS


Just Transportation
Running Time: 45 minutes
Price: $20.00

This video includes highlights from the "Environmental Justice and Transportation: Building Model Partnerships Conference" that was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995. The Atlanta conference brought together grassroots organizers, civil rights activists, local, state, tribal, and federal transportation planners, public officials, and legal experts. Shot on location in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Harlem (New York City), and Washington, DC. Contact EJRC: (404) 880-6911 or ejrc@cau.edu.


Sustainable Atlanta
Running Time: 27 minutes
Price: $20.00

This video explores the intersection of race, class, place, and the challenges facing Atlanta's Empowerment Zone (EZ) neighborhoods as the residents begin the monumental task of dismantling barriers to economic opportunity and residential apartheid (housing discrimination, racial redlining, and other forms of institutionalized racism) that created separate, unequal, unhealthy, and non sustainable development and living conditions. Over 95 percent of the Atlanta's 30 EZ neighborhoods are African American. The video demonstrates how community based organizations and grassroots leaders are turning their communities around and making them safe, healthy, and sustainable. Produced by the EJRC in collaboration with CAU-TV for the Atlanta Empowerment Zone Advisory Board. Contact EJRC: (404) 880-6911 or ejrc@cau.edu.