In SummaryA special delivery of $4 million was granted to TSU for research into environmental injustice as part of a promise to give more funding to protecting nature from the Bezos Earth Fund.
Texas Southern University received a huge boost to support its efforts in environmental justice research from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos.
In a press release from TSU, the university has been awarded $4 million from the Bezos Earth Fund to support the Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice.
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, the man in which the center draws its name, has been referred to as the “father of environmental justice” for his research and work in racially charged environmental inequalities.
According to the release, the fund’s grant will continue groundbreaking environmental justice initiatives led by Dr. Robert Bullard.
“TSU is proud to have our Bullard Center included in this critical environmental justice work and we are grateful for such generous support from the Bezos Earth Fund. Congratulations to Dr. Bullard and all of those who have received grant awards,” said Texas Southern University President Lesia L. Crumpton-Young.
The Bezos Earth Fund is part of a $1 billion pledge to activists, scientists and other groups working to address the globe’s climate crisis. The goal is to spend $10 billion by 2030.
“This grant will enhance the Bullard Center and our partners’ capacity to develop ‘roadmaps’ for directing much-needed Justice40 and infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities that historically have been left behind,” said Dr. Bullard, founder of the Center for Environmental and Climate Justice, per the release.