Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Policy

    

Policies for zoning laws or taxes can for many of us at first blush like a distant, dry, even boring, topic. But policies have very real impacts on all of us, every day. Consider your own neighborhood: the height of the buildings, the presence of green space, the accessibility and affordability of healthy food or public transportation. Or, in rural communities, consider the agriculture and irrigation employed and access to clean water. All of these everyday realities are affected by policy decisions. 

Policies therefore also connect to justice. Low-income, minority communities are more likely to be negatively impacted by ecological degradation and pollution than those with political or economic power. The Jesuit call to work for justice requires that we engage in addressing the policies, then, that make a more just society more or less possible. 

Work we support

Tanya Hayes teaches environmental policy and has an international focus in her research. Tom Antkowiak's interests include international human rights and indigenous rights. Catherine O'Neill focuses on issues of justice in environmental law and policy. 

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 11, 2016:

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, will discuss how faculty can integrate sustainability into their courses and across disciplines.  

OCTOBER 29, 2016:

Halloween Costume Party

A night of music, dancing, and fun-raising to support Nicamigos. Read more.

 

CEJS Highlights

Call for Proposals: WAHESC Conference

CEJS is a proud sponser of this year's Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC), held on February 16-17, 2017, at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

WAHESC is a regionally-focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

The template for submitting a proposal is here. Proposal deadline is October 14th, and selection decisions will be made by November 4th