Written by Ariel Miller | June 4, 2014

Dr. Robert Bullard photo courtesy of the speaker

We are pleased to announce Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, as keynote speaker for SXSW Eco 2014. Dr. Bullard has been widely regarded as the "father of environmental justice."

Dr. 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. 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” and Planet Harmony named him one of "Ten African American Green Heroes.” And in 2012, he was profiled in Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time Welcome Books 2012).

We look forward to hearing from Dr. Bullard as he kicks off SXSW Eco 2014 with opening remarks dealing with the extremely timely topic of environmental justice.