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Diversity and Inclusion

The Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) Program fosters an environment in which diversity is welcomed, celebrated and respected. We aim to be a community that includes and values the voices of all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status.  Like our interdisciplinary curriculum, the ENSP Program understands that drawing on multiple perspectives and experiences is essential for creating an intellectually diverse academic environment.

Below are some resources that may be of interest to the ENSP community, specifically in regards to climate justice and environmental racism. We hope you will continue to read and educate yourselves on these important issues.

UMD Campus Resources

The Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Public Health
University of Maryland Counseling Center
University of Maryland Office of Diversity and Inclusion
University of Maryland strategic plan for diversity 
Responding to Anti-Black Racism
- the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Online Resources

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Department of Energy: Office of Legacy Management
Greenwire (must log in with UMD credentials). Search "environmental justice" which will lead you to a large number of articles
NAACP: Environmental Climate & Justice Resources
National Resources Defense Council: The Environmental Justice Movement

Maryland Department of the Environment: What is Environmental Justice?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) list of sources/readings: Environmental Justice course at MIT

Student Environmental Resources Center at UC Berkeley- contains a great collection of Google Docs with relevant articles and readings
Yale Environment 360: Environmental Justice

Books and Articles

Overview of Environmental Justice

  • Adamson, Joni. American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism: The Middle Place. Tuscon, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2001.
  • Blackford, Mansel. “Environmental Justice, Native Rights, Tourism, and Opposition to Military Control: The Case of Kaho'olawe.” Journal of American History. 91.2(2004): 544-571.
  • Bullard, R. D. (Ed.) (2005). The quest for environmental justice: Human rights and the politics of pollution. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
  • Bullard, Robert D., and Glenn Johnson. “Environmental Justice: Grassroots Activism and Its Impact on Public Policy Decision Making.” Journal of Social Issues 56.3(2000): 555-578.
  • Clarke, Chris. “Defending mother earth: Native American perspectives on environmental justice” In Ecotheology 7(July 1999): 118-120.
  • Cole, Luke W., and Sheila R. Foster. 2001. From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. NYU Press.
  • Holifield, Ryan 2001. Defining environmental justice and environmental racism. Urban Geography, 22(1): 78-90.
  • Krakoff, Sarah. 2002. "Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Justice." Pp. 161-183 in Justice and Natural Resources: Concepts, Strategies, and Applications, edited by Kathryn M. Mutz, Gary C. Bryner, and Douglas S. Kenney. Washington DC: Island Press.
  • LaDuke, Winona. 2017. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life. Haymarket Books.
  • Pellow, David Naguib. 2017. What Is Critical Environmental Justice? Wiley.
  • Rosier, Paul. C. 2008. "'W e, the Indian People, Must Set an Example for the Rest of the Nation': Environmental Justice from a Native American Perspective." Environmental Justice 1(3): 127-129.
  • Royster, Judith. “Native American Law” in The Law of Environmental Justice. Michael Gerrard (ed.)
  • Sandler, Ronald D., and Phaedra C. Pezzullo. 2007. Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement. MIT Press.
  • Smith, David 1994. Geography and social justice. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Speth, J.G. (2008). The bridge at the end of the world: Capitalism, the environment, and crossing from crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Sze, Julie 2007. Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Villa et al., Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-5310-1238-0

Race and Class in America

  • Bass, Stephen, Hannah Reid, David Satterthwaite, and Paul Steele, eds. Reducing Poverty and Sustaining the Environment: The Politics of Local Engagement. London, UK: Earthscan, 2005.
  • Bowen, William, and Mark Salling. “Toward Environmental Justice: Spatial Equity in Ohio and Cleveland.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 85.4(1995): 641-664.
  • Finney, Carolyn. 2014. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. UNC Press Books.
  • Glave Dianne and Mark Stoll. To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.
  • Jones, Robert. Black concern for the environment: Myth versus reality. Society and Natural Resources 11.3 (Nov 2008). 209-228
  • Loh, Penn. “Must it be Greens versus Browns: Population, Immigration, and Environment:,” Racefile. vol. 3, no. 5. Applied Research Center. Oakland, CA. September-October 1995.
  • Madrigal DS, Salvatore A, Casillas G, Casillas C, Vera I, Eskenazi B, Minkler M. 2014. Health in my community: conducting and evaluating PhotoVoice as a tool to promote environmental health and leadership among Latino/a youth. Prog Community Health Partnersh 8(3):317-29.
  • Nixon, Rob. 2011. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Harvard University Press.
  • Peña, Devon G. 2005. Mexican Americans and the environment: tierra y vida. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Pellow, David Naguib. 2004. Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. MIT Press.
  • Pulido, Laura. 1996. Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest. University of Arizona Press.

Gender Issues

  • Bratton, Susan Power. “Lopsided Justice and Eco-Realities for Women.” In CTNS Bulletin 16(Spring 1996): 18-27.
  • Shiva, Vandana. 1988. Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. Zed Books.
  • Stein, Rachel. 2004. New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism. Rutgers University Press.