Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University
Robert D. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Professor Bullard is considered by many to be the father of environmental justice. He has served as an expert witness and testified on dozens of civil rights and environmental justice lawsuits and hearings. He is the author of fourteen books that address environmental justice, community health, urban land use, industrial facility permitting, neighborhood reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth. His award winning book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. A few of his other books include Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta (Island Press, 2000), Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), and The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005). His most recent books include Growing Smarter:ˇAchieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). He is completing work on a new book entitled Disastrous Response: How Government Actions Endanger the Health and Safety of African Americans (New York University Press, forthcoming 2009).
Thomas Estabrook, Special Projects Coordinator
The New England Consortium
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Thomas Estabrook is a worker health and safety educator and special projects coordinator at The New England Consortium, a worker health and safety training program based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has a doctorate in geography from Clark University. He has long been active building links between labor and environmental organizations. He was coordinator of the Louisiana Labor/Neighbor Project in Baton Rouge in 1991-92. He is currently on the board of directors as well as the labor advisory committee of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a coalition of 100 organizations promoting precautionary strategies in environmental and public health in Massachusetts.
Deeohn Ferris, Environmental Attorney
President of Global Environmental Resources, Inc., Washington, DC)
Deeohn Ferris is President of Global Environmental GERI President, Deeohn Ferris, JD leads the Company's team of interdisciplinary specialists and brings over twenty years of experience to the firm. Dr. Ferris is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center specializing in public health, environment and natural resources, legislation and public policy, and the intersection of human rights and social justice.
Dr. Ferris' career began at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Ferris served as legal counsel in the Office of Legislation, and directed both the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Enforcement Divisions, and Special Litigation. In the private sector, she was environmental liability counsel with the American Insurance Association serving as industry regulatory policy liaison to Congress and the states. Dr. Ferris worked for the National Wildlife Federation as Director of Environmental Quality focusing on national grassroots legislative campaigns in areas such as pollution control, biotechnology and natural resources conservation. Cutting edge cases during her tenure include the Exxon Valdez oil spill and New Bedford Harbor PCB natural resources damages litigation. Dr. Ferris launched the Environmental Justice Project for the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the first nationwide program pioneered by a major civil rights group.
Dr. Ferris successfully introduced and led the national policy campaign that resulted in the groundbreaking Presidential Executive Order on Environmental Justice 12898, formation of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the federal Inter-Agency Workgroup on Environmental Justice. Dr. Ferris also organized global advocacy campaigns on the links between demographics, socio-economic impacts and the environment. Under her leadership, the Lawyer's Committee Project centered on sustainable environmental performance, environmental compliance and community interventions. She established the Washington Office on Environmental Justice. Her work positioned grassroots and indigenous peoples as proactive stakeholders and global proponents of healthy and sustainable communities. Ms Ferris is a frequent speaker on environment, and has lectured internationally and in colleges and universities throughout North America. Her work with communities on global issues extends from these places to Fiji, Indonesia, Brazil, India, the U.K. and Nepal.