2023 Lecture

pauli-crop Speaker: Benjamin J. Pauli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Science - Kettering
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Lecture at 7 p.m.
Reception at 6 p.m.
Location: Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium (S100)

Flint and the Future of Environmental Justice

In this talk I will reflect on the influence that local environmental justice struggles in Flint have had on current state and national efforts to address environmental injustice. Most notably, the Flint water crisis, approaching its 10th anniversary, has inspired a number of policy changes as well as major investments in water infrastructure, with an unprecedented focus on equity in the distribution of resources. Flint's influence has not stopped there, however. In recent years, Flint activists have also played a leading role in pushing for cumulative impact assessment and civil rights enforcement in environmental permitting decisions. In these and other ways, Flint offers a powerful lens through which to consider the newest frontiers of environmental justice policy and practice.

Dr. Ben Pauli is Associate Professor of Social Science at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He is the author of Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis (MIT Press 2019), acting chair of the Flint Water System Advisory Council, president of the board of the Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint (etmflint.org), and a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the US Environmental Protection Agency (NEJAC). In his role with NEJAC, Dr. Pauli has worked on policy recommendations around PFAS remediation, water infrastructure, water treatment, water utility communications, and cumulative impacts.

This event is free but registration is required.