As a school, we recognize the critical importance of ensuring that all people have equal access to the benefits of a clean and healthy environment.
Associate Dean for Integrative Initiatives on Environmental Justice at The Doerr School of Sustainability
"Historically disenfranchised communities have been on the frontlines of the adverse consequences of the Anthropocene.
On the one hand, global environmental change — the combined negative effects of land use change, over-exploitation, pollution, and climate change — has a disproportionately negative impact on the sectors of society that contribute the least to it. Furthermore, those communities that have historically been suppressed and marginalized also receive the lesser share of the once bountiful resources of Mother Earth's life-supporting systems. In this context, development of a strong environmental justice culture is imperative if we are to create ethical, just, and resilient solutions for local, regional, and global sustainability. Meeting this challenge is simultaneously an inescapable responsibility and the motivation that drives our mission."
The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability hosts forums and co-hosts conferences to elevate awareness, broaden discourse, and inspire action related to climate change solutions and environmental justice. Recent and upcoming programs include:
Environmental justice roundtable highlights energy and policy, health, and Indigenous Peoples issues
The second event in a new dean’s lecture series through the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability featured environmental justice experts in energy, environmental health, and Native environmental policy.
Dean of the Doerr School of Sustainability
“Real change can not happen if we are not actively and deliberately working toward equitable access to environmental benefits and preventing the disproportionate effects of environmental harm.”
Opportunities for students
Computer science major is first to sign up for Stanford’s new minor in environmental justice
Evan Baldonado, ’23, a third-year student in the School of Engineering and co-director of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, is the first student to adopt a minor in environmental justice. The minor is offered by the Earth Systems Program, which will become part of the new school focused on climate and sustainability.
Funded projects and research
In its first round of funding summer of 2022, the Sustainability Accelerator supported eight projects focused on environmental justice:
Partnering with Domestic and International Players For More-Effective Energy-Transition Policies and Financing in Indonesia and Vietnam
In categories ranging from food and drink to energy, the 2024 Forbes feature recognizes 11 Stanford alumni and one student for work related to sustainability.
Stanford researchers to take part in new project to help make sustainable carbon a feedstock material
An international team, led by Rice University, seeks to improve the synthesis of carbon nanotubes for much wider use.
Stanford ecologist and climate scientist Chris Field looks to the 28th UN Climate Change Conference for a roadmap on what he considers solvable challenges.
Environmental Justice Working Group
The Doerr School of Sustainability works in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Working Group. Learn more about the EJWG and their work to embed environmental justice into our research, teaching, and community-engagement at Stanford.