Environmental Justice

This seminar has three goals: (1) to engage national community leaders in a dialog about environmental justice in their neighborhoods and cities, (2) to cultivate a working group of IU faculty to discuss the academic underpinnings of environmental justice, and (3) and to build upon the first two goals by hosting a series of events featuring faculty and local community leaders to discuss ways to advance research and action on environmental justice.

photo gabriel philippelliGabriel Filippelli; Professor of Earth Sciences; School of Science; IUPUI;

photo carlton waterhouseCarlton M Waterhouse; Professor of Law; McKinney School of Law; IUPUI;

Seminar Events:

photo of two children outside testing soil

Engaging Youth Leaders and Community Science to Confront Environmental Injustice

Friday Nov. 10th 1:30-3:30 PM

IUPUI, Campus Center, Room 405

This spring, the Bantz Fellowship provided funding for a yearlong collaborative project to engage with community-based organizations. With this support, we created the Healthy Cities Project, with a purpose to develop youth leadership skills for social and environmental good, and evaluate the risks of lead contamination in urban soils.

Our partnership is between IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health, Kheprw Institute, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and Groundwork Indy. Environmental Justice (EJ) youth leaders guide the soil sampling collection plan to test for lead, and are the “boots on the ground” spokespeople within each organization. Join us to hear stories, successes, and challenges of the project. We will guide a conversation about how environmental justice relates to our goal of using local knowledge and citizen science to work together to identify and eliminate environmental risks in Indianapolis neighborhoods. 

Practice to Research: A Focus on Environmental Justice

Professor Tamara Leech

Richard G. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Tuesday May 16th 2:00-4:30 pm

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Lawrence W. Inlow Hall

3rd floor Faculty Lounge

Intended for those interested in or already involved in some community engagement or "research to practice" efforts. The presentation will inform a panel discussion and subsequent open conversation  about how environmental research fits into the movement toward Practice to Research, and how it might not. The panel will include academics and environmental professionals who have tried to implement research findings, and will ask them the provocative question "What do you think about practice to research instead?" 


H. S. Banzhaf

Georgia State University

Friday April 21 11am-2pm

IUPUI campus; Lawrence W. Inlow Hall; 3rd floor faculty lounge

Professor Banzhaf is in the Dept. of Economics at Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). 

His primary field of study is environmental policy analysis, especially related to the urban environment (such as sprawl and land use) and to issues related to energy and air pollution (including effects on ecosystems as well as urban environments). One common theme in his work is the interactions among local environmental amenities, local real estate markets, and the demographic composition of cities. For example, he has studied the way these social mechanisms interact to drive the correlations between pollution and poor households, as described by the "Environmental Justice" movement. 


11:00                    Seminar and Q&A

12:00                    Lunch provided

12:30-2:00         Discussion panel: Policies, Practices, and Preachers: Discussing varied approaches to confront environmental injustice

Please RSVP for lunch count to

Environmental Law Symposium:

Protecting the Urban Environment

Friday March 31st 2017


Wynne Courtroom and atrium, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN

Find further Symposium & Registration Information here.

Find a full list of topics and honored speakers below:

8:15am - Noon

Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am

Welcome & Introductions

  • Andrew R. Klein
  • Carlton Mark Waterhouse

9:00am - 9:45am

Opening Address Keynote

  • Dorceta E. Taylor

9:45am - 10:00am


10:00am - 11:15am

Panel 1 – Cleanish Drinking Water – Indianapolis Groundwater (The Riverside Cleanup)

  • Yi Wang
  • Steve Flelschll
  • Peggy Dorsey
  • Katherine Thomas

11:15am - 11:30am


11:30am - 12:45pm

Panel 2 – Waiting to Inhale – Energy and Air in Evansville

  • David Konisky
  • Tim Maloney
  • John Blair
  • Doug Aburano

12:45pm - 1:15pm


1:15pm - 1:45pm

Lunch Address Keynote

  • Marianne Engelman Lado

2:00pm - 3:15pm

Panel 3 – The Legacy of Lead in Indiana– East Chicago and Beyond

  • Denise Abdul-Rahman
  • Dr. Gabriel Filippelli
  • Senator Lonnie Randolph 
  • Shelly Lam

3:15pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm - 4:45pm

Panel 4 – From Brownfields to Greenfields in Indiana (history and opportunities)

  • Anne Slaughter Andrew
  • Indiana Brownfields Program Representative
  • Don Snemis
  • Dr. Indra Frank
  • Melissa Hamer-Bailey

5:00pm - 6:00pm