Biographical Information Bunyan Bryant, Ph.D.
Although Bunyan Bryant's major faculty appointment is in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, he is a member of the Urban Technological and Environmental Planning Program, and has an adjunct position with the Center of Afro-American and African Studies. In 1973 Dr. Bryant did post-doctoral work at the University of Manchester in England in Town and Country Planning. His current research interests include developing case studies on corporate, agency, and community responses to hazardous waste sites. He was co-principal investigator of the University of Michigan 1990 Detroit Area Study on Race and Toxic Waste. A more recent study undertaken with Dr. Elaine Hockman is to determine the proximity of hazardous waste facilities to schools and their impact upon academic achievement. Professor Bryant has written a book called Environmental Advocacy: Concepts, Issues and Dilemmas, and a manual called: Social and Environmental Change: A Manual for Community Organizing and Action. He and Professor Paul Mohai have edited a book called: Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards: A time for Discourse. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992 and he has edited a book called: Environmental Justice: Issues, Polices, and Solutions. Island Press, 1995. He is co-organizer of the University of Michigan 1990 Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards, a conference that has had considerable national impact. This conference led to a series of high level policy meetings with EPA Administrator William K. Reilly under President Bush's administration and later EPA Administrator Carol Browner. From these meetings came a commitment from EPA to address environmental justice issues and an EPA Office on Environmental Justice. For three years in the early 1990s, he was a co-facilitator of the Martin Luther King Planning Committee at the University of Michigan, where workshops on Environmental Justice were an integral part of celebrating Martin Luther King's legacy. In 1991, he was on the Advisory Committee of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. In 1994-95, he was a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. And in 1994 he was co-facilitator of the Symposium for Health Research and Needs to Ensure Environmental Justice, an event sponsored by major federal agencies, where over a thousand grassroots activists, government personnel and scientists and people from the academic community participated. Dr. Bryant was a part of a movement that was responsible for President Clinton's signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898--an order that is having a major impact on federal agencies and communities throughout the country. In addition to teaching courses, Dr. Bryant has been a consultant to a number of nonprofit environmental organizations across the country. In addition to writing and consulting with government, Dr. Bryant has lectured on environmental justice at a number of universities across the country.