Environmental Justice in Memphis and Beyond

Environmental justice is the meeting point of environmentalism and social justice. It is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, in the control of their environment.

Previous Years EJ Conferences

  • 16th Annual Conference: Building Advocacy to Achieve a Just Transition Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • 2018 Environmental Justice Symposium, 2018: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Memphis and Shelby County: Then & Now, November 5, 2018
  • 15th Annual Conference, 2017: Defending Environmental Safeguards While Pushing for a Clean Energy Future, October 14, 2017
  • 14th Annual Conference, 2015: Envisioning a Cleaner, Healthier Environment: A Grassroots Community Conference, November 7, 2015
  • 13th Annual Conference, 2014: Community Health, Environmental Justice & Clean Energy, November 1, 2014
  • 12th Annual Conference, 2013: Our Fragile Balance: Seeking Environmental Justice, November 9, 2013

Video: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Memphis and Shelby County

The Anthropology Department works with the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group, community leaders, and other community organizations to host an annual Environmental Justice conference in Memphis.

Graduate students in the department have also worked to develop a Timeline of Environmental Justice Work in Memphis, and a video: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Memphis and Shelby County.