NAS 332. Environmental Justice

Issues/concerns that led to Executive Order 12898 (environmental policies and conflicts between industries and those seeking environmental protection, including Alaska Native villages, “lower 48” tribes, grassroot community organizations). [DCG-d.]

This course examines the origin of the federal government’s policies on environmental injustice, with emphasis on the issues/concerns that led to Executive Order #12898: "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations," and the creation and implementation of Environmental Justice policies in different federal agencies. We will discuss environmental conditions affecting Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and other underrepresented groups.  In addition to basic environmental justice conflicts between industry and those seeking environmental protection, the course will address environmental justice issues specific to communities of various ethnic and economic makeup throughout the United States. Examples pertaining to Alaska Native and "lower 48" Tribes will frequently be referenced to provide context.  We will also compare and contrast organizing tactics and strategies of the various groups in response to environmental degradation.


Robert D. Bullard, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality

Laura Pulido, Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest

Mutz, Bryner & Kennedy, Eds, Justice & Natural Resources: Concepts, Strategies, and Applications

Winona LaDuke, All Our Relations