Priority Projects

The Bullard Center uses science, research, policy and on-the-ground partnerships and engagement with frontline community residents to wage a frontal assault against systemic racism and other forms of injustice.  

We are solution-focused and are fiercely committed to achieving results and transformative change. We choose to do justice work not because it’s easy.  We do it because it hard and necessary. We fight for environmental and climate justice as if our very lives depended on it—and it does.  


Data to Action Project

The Bullard Center is collaborating with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Houston to address pollution, injustice, and health disparities in Houston neighborhoods by providing data and support to community-based organizations working on mitigation strategies that address long standing environmental issues in their individual neighborhoods.

Exploring Civic Engagement During COVID

This civic engagement research seeks to examine the voices and perspectives of Houston residents regarding civic engagement. This study will focus on how residents of three vulnerable Houston neighborhoods perceive civic engagement during and after the health disaster emanating from the spread of COVID-19. This study aims to better understand how residents perceive civic engagement, and how the disaster experience has impacted their civic engagement. The entire study will be conducted virtually.



Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskcape (MIEHR) Research Center

The Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Southern University Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskcape (MIEHR) Research Center (MIEHR) seeks to elucidate the contributions of exposures in the biological, physical, social and built environments of the environmental riskcape to environmental health disparities in pregnant women and their infants.  The Community Engagement and Dissemination Core (CEDC) is focused on developing a robust communications and engagement network in the greater Houston area that is committed to reducing environmental health disparities in maternal and infant health.

Multi-Hazard Communication

This project is working to establish a virtual information hub to help the Houston’s Pleasantville community address flooding and create their own multi-disaster preparedness plans that also encompass COVID-19 prevention recommendations.

Multi-Hazard Disaster Preparedness Communication Project

The Bullard Center is working to establish a virtual information hub to help Houston’s Kashmere Gardens, Fifth Ward, and Sunnyside communities that are vulnerable to flooding, create their own multi-disaster preparedness plans, and develop an action plan and policy recommendation that address elevated health risks from COVID-19.

Public Transportation and COVID - Understanding How COVID-19 Has Reduced Bus and Transit Ridership in Harris County, Texas

Air Alliance Houston, LINK Houston, and Texas Southern University are conducting a project to better understand the impact of coronavirus on communities that rely on public transportation to inform the development of a post-coronavirus transportation policy agenda.


COVID-19 Quickstrike Project

The Bullard Center and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice are conducting a retrospective evaluation of the Gulf Coast Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Community Based Organization Consortium’s 2017-2020 work to provide insight into the core elements of the “Communiversity” model, a clear picture of the policy impacts of model implementation, and key recommendations for community-centered data systems.  The recommendations will provide input on supplementing existing environmental and health equity data at the local, state, and national level, as well as, gaps in knowledge that would facilitate the assessment and tracking of health equity.

Climate Migration Project

The Urban Institute project explores three Gulf sites where climate migrants have relocated, are relocating, or will relocate: New Orleanians displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Houston; Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria in Orlando; and Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles residents and their pending resettlement north. The Bullard Center focuses on the New Orleanians displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Houston and Houston’s capacity to serve migrants before, during, and after migration in the areas of housing, financial services, employment and economic development; as well as, access to healthcare and social, cultural, and recreational facilities.

Study of Systemic Racism on Health and Climate Vulnerability in Black Communities in the Gulf Coast Region

The Bullard Center received a $100,000 planning grant, “HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium Initiative to Address Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Challenges,” from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to develop a full proposal to compete for follow-on award of up to $1.5 million. The TSU team will partner with five predominantly African American communities in the Gulf Coast region to explore how social determinants create and maintain elevated environmental and health disparities and climate risks. They will also work on solutions to address structural inequality and systemic racism. The project will collaborate with Dr. Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans and the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium—a five-state network—in carrying out this community based participatory research project.

National / International

Bullard Center for Environmental Justice Start-Up

Texas Southern University was awarded a start-up grant to launch the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs to support on-going and new research, policy and civic engagement work.

Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Communities Worker Health and Safety Training Program

The Bullard Center at TSU and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) are funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to implement the Environmental Careers Worker Training Program (ECWTP) to train underrepresented and disadvantaged people of color adults seeking careers or employed in the fields of environmental restoration, hazardous materials and construction, and green jobs.

Justice40 Technical Support Project

The Bullard Center received a $4 million grant to assist disadvantaged communities develop “roadmaps” and model platforms for accessing federal Justice40 “covered programs” and “covered investments” that many communities historically have been left out of in the past. The Project helps identify and direct much needed funding and infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities and to positively impact funding equity advocacy for years to come.

Justice40 White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Support

The Bullard Center was awarded a grant to assist with staff support and engagement work on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC).