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Date(s) - March 30, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Grand Ballroom, Lory Student Center


Please save the date for the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Ethics with visiting scholar Kyle Whyte on Thursday, March 30th.  Dr. Whyte’s lecture will be held in the Lory Student Center, Ballroom A.

Environmental Justice Two Years Later: Lessons from the U.S.’ Largest Ever Investment to End Environmental Racism

Abstract: In 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration launched the largest investment in environmental justice in the history of the U.S. – pledging and allocating hundreds of billions of dollars to combat environmental racism. However, the scale of investment has revealed dimensions of environmental justice that have been neglected in public policy and academia. The neglected dimensions reveal problems that are vexing to solve, whether philosophically, scientifically, or practically. The presentation will review the status of environmental justice in the U.S. today, and recommend pathways forward given what has been learned through two years of growth in resources and policies for environmental justice.


Kyle Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability, teaching in the SEAS environmental justice specialization. He is founding Faculty Director of the Tishman Center for Social Justice and the Environment, Principal Investigator of the Energy Equity Project, and Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy. His research addresses environmental justice, focusing on moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.