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No set of issues is more vital today than climate change and access to clean water, healthy foods and fertile land. Nature in all of its bounty is being sequestered at an unprecedented rate, creating life-threatening borders between greed and need. What does a just and sustainable future look like?

Environment, Food, & Sustainability Bibliography


Berry, Thomas. The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Columbia Press, 2009.

Bryant, Bunyan. Environmental Justice: Issues, Politics, and Solutions. California: Island Press,1995.

Bullard, Robert, ed.  The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution. Sierra Club Books, 2005.

Bullard, Robert. “Race, Class, and the Politics of Place.” In Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990.

Bullard, Robert and Beverly Wright. Race, Place, and Environmental Justice Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Westview Press, 2009.

Brenchi, Steven. Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity and Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century. State University of New York Press, 2003.

Brulle, RJ and Pellow DN. “Environmental Justice: Human Health and Environmental Inequalities.” Annual Review of Public Health, 27 (2006): 103-24.

Camacho, David. Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles: Race, Class, and the Environment. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1998.

Clapp, Jennifer. Toxic Exports: The Transfer of Hazardous Wastes from Rich to Poor Countries. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.

Cole, Luke W., and Sheila R. Foster. From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Dyson, Michael Eric.  Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.  New York: Basic Books, 2006.

Finsterbusch, Kurt. Understanding Social Impacts:  Assessing the Effects of Public Projects. SAGE Publications, Inc., 1980.

Laura, Westra, ed. Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global.  Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Gedicks, Al. Resource Rebels. South End Press, 2001.

Gottlieb, Robert. Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1993.

Hofrichter, Richard. Toxic Struggles. New Society Publishers, 1993.

Kahne, Adam. Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.

Khagram, Sanjeev. Dams and Development: Transnational Struggles for Water and Power. Cornell University Press, 2004.

LaDuke, Winona. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1999.

Merchant, Carolyn. Major Problems in American Environmental History. Cengage Learning, 2011.

Mohai, Paul and Bunyan Bryant. Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards: A Time for Discourse. Westview Press, 1992.

National Academy of Public Administration. Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning. 2003 PDF – 3.5MB

Pellow, David  Naguib and Robert J. Brulle, eds. Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Randall, Donna M.  and James F. Short, Jr., “Women in Toxic Work Environments:  A case Study of Social Problem Development,” Social Problems 30, no.4 (1983):410-424.

Rechtschaffen, Clifford, and Eileen Guana. Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2002.

Rosebraugh, Craig. Burning Rage of a Dying Planet: Speaking for the Earth Liberation Front. New York: Lantern Books, 2004.

Smith, David. Geography and Social Justice: Social Justice in a Changing World.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.

Sze, Julie.  Toxic soup redux: Why environmental racism and environmental justice matter after Katrina.   The Social Science Research Council, July 2006.

Sze, Julie. Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007.

Shiva, Vandana. Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace. Boston: South End Press, 2005.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Not in My Backyard: Executive Order 12,898 (PDF – 1.9 MB)

Wolff, Daniel. The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Worster, Donald. The Ends of the Earth: Perspectives on Modern Environmental History. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University, 1989.


Adeola, Francis. “Cross-national Environmental Injustice and Human Rights Issues: A Review of Evidence in the Developing World.” The American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 4 (2000): 686-706.

Agyeman, J, R., Bullard R., and V. Evans. “Exploring the Nexus: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice and Equity.” Space and Polity 6, no. 1 (2002): 70-90.

Anderson, Kay. “The Racialization of Difference: Enlarging the Story Field.” The Professional Geographer 54, no. 1 (2002): 25-30.

Exporting harm: The high-tech trashing of Asia.” Basel Action Network, 2002.

BondGraham, Darwin  “The New Orleans that Race Built: Racism, Disaster, and Urban Spatial Relationships.” Souls 9, no. 1 (2007): 4-8.

Bullard, Robert D. “Solid Waste Sites and the Houston Black Community.” Sociological Inquiry 53 (April 1983): 273-288.

Bullard, Robert and Paul Mahai. “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, 1987-2007

Bullard, Robert D. “Dismantling Toxic Racism.” The Crisis 114, no. 4 (July 2007): 22-26.

Carty, Linda. “The Dirty Saga of Onondaga County.” Ms. Magazine, Spring 2007.

Checker, Melissa. “Like Nixon Coming to China: Finding Common Ground in a Multi-Ethnic Coalition for Environmental Justice.” Anthropological Quarterly 74, no. 3 (2001): 135-146.

Corburn, Jason. “Combining Community-Based Research and Local Knowledge to Confront Asthma and Subsistence-Fishing Hazards in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.” Environmental Health Perspectives 110, no. 2 (April 2002): 241-248.

Fox, Mary A. “Evaluating Cumulative Risk Assessment for Environmental Justice: A Community Case Study.” Environmental Health Perspectives 110, no. 2 (April 2002): 203-209.

Glassman, Jim.  “Critical geography II: Articulating race and radical politics.”  Progress in Human Geography 34, no.4 (August 2010): 506-512.

Goldman, Benjamin. “What is the Future of Environmental Justice?” Antipode 28, no. 2 (1996): 122-141.

Gottlieb, Robert. “Reconstructing Environmentalism:  Complex Movements, Diverse Roots,” Environmental History Review 17, no. 4 (Winter 1993): 1-19.

Hamilton, Cynthia. “Women, Home, & Community: The Struggle in an Urban Environment.” Race, Poverty, & the Environment 1, no. 1(1990): 10-13.

Hersch, Robert. “Race and Industrial Hazards: An Historical Geography of the Pittsburgh Region, 1900-1990.”  Resources For the Future(March 1995): Discussion Paper 95-18.

Hillman, Mick. “Environmental Justice: A Crucial Link Between Environmentalism and Community Development.” Community Development Journal 37, no. 4 (2002): 349-360.

Hurley, Andrew. “The Social Biases of Environmental Change in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980.”  Environmental Review: ER 12, no. 4 (Winter 1988): 1-19.

Illsley, Barbara M. “Good Neighbour Agreements: The First Step to Environmental Justice?” Local Environment 7, no. 1 (2002): 69-79.

Institute of Medicine. “Toward Environmental Justice – Research, Education, and Health Policy Needs.” Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999.

Kellogg, Wendy A. and Anjali Mathur. “Environmental Justice and Information Technologies: Overcoming the Information-Access Paradox in Urban Communities.” Public Administration Review 63, no. 5 (September 2003): 573-585.

Koenig, Kevin. “Chevron-Texaco on Trial.” World Watch 17, no. 1 (January/ February 2004): 10-19.

Krauss, Celene. “Women and Toxic Waste Protests:  Race, Class and Gender as Resources of Resistance,” Qualitative Sociology 16, no. 3(1993): 247-262.

Maantay, Juliana. “Mapping Environmental Injustices: Pitfalls and Potential of Geographic Information Systems in Assessing Environmental Health and Equity.” Environmental Health Perspectives 110, no. 2 (2002): 161-171.

Mohai, Paul and Robin Saha, “Racial Inequality in the Distribution of Hazardous Waste: A National-Level Reassessment.” Social Problems 54 no. 3 (August 2007): 343–370.

Newell, Peter.  “Race, Class and the Global Politics of Environmental Inequality.”  Global Environmental Politics 5, no. 3 (March 13, 2006): 70-94.

Parsons, Sarah. “Sewage on the southside: not in my backyard.”  Plenty Magazine, February 2008.

Pellow, David N. “Environmental Inequality Formation: Toward a Theory of Environmental Injustice.”American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 4 (2000): 581-601.

Principles of EJ.” The First National People of Color Environmental Summit.

Pulido, Laura. “A Critical Review of the Methodology of Environmental Racism Research.” Antipode 28, no. 2 (May 1996): 142-159.

Pulido, Laura.  Rethinking environmental racism: white privilege and urban development in southern California. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90, no. (March 2000): 12-40.

Szasz, Andrew. “Corporations, Organized Crime and the Disposal of Hazardous Waste: An Examination of the Making of a Criminogenic Regulatory Structure.” Criminology 24, no.1 (1986):1-27.

Szasz, Andrew and Michael Meuser. “Environmental Inequalities:  Literature Review and Proposals for New Directions in Research and Theory.” Current Sociology 45, no.3 (1997) :99-120.

Szasz, Andrew and Michael Meuser. “Unintended; Inexorable: The Production of Environmental Inequalities in Santa Clara County, CA.” American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 4 (2000):602-632.

Taquino, Michael, Domenico Parisi, and Duane A. Gill. “Units of Analysis and the Environmental Justice Hypothesis: The Case of Industrial Hog Farms.” Social Science Quarterly 83, no. 1 (2002): 298-316.

Warner, Kee. “Linking Local Sustainability Initiatives with Environmental Justice.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice 7, no. 1 (2002): 35-47.

Weiskel, Timothy C. “Toward an Archaeology of Colonialism:  Elements in the Ecological Transformation of the Ivory Coast.” In Worster, The Ends of the Earth:  Perspectives on modern environmental history. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Williams, Robert W. “The Contested Terrain of Environmental Justice Research: Community as a Unit of Analysis.” The Social Science Journal 36, no. 2 (1999): 313-328.

Yang, Tseming. “Of Borders, Fences, and Global Environmentalism.” Chicago Journal of International Law 4, no. 1 (2003): 237-244.