Please submit your completed form no later than 11:59pm December 7th, 2018.
The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) is a network of faculty members, students and sustainability professionals supporting higher education in Texas by implementing climate change and sustainability solutions across campus operations, academic curriculum and off-campus fields of influence. TRACS facilitates collaboration between higher education institutions through a variety of means including the Annual TRACS Summit. TRACS is supported by volunteer members representing Texas colleges and universities.
The theme for the 2019 TRACS Summit is "Bringing Environmental Justice to Campus." We are asking proposal submissions to consider applying an equity lens to their sustainability/environmental work. This is not a requirement, but strongly encouraged. Please indicate your preference(s) for format. We will notify you of final format (poster, panel presentation, presentation, workshop) if your proposal is accepted.
Environmental justice is the principle that environmental benefits and harms be equitably distributed. All members of a society should be meaningfully included in environmental decision making and enjoy clean air, safe water, healthy food, and a physical environment free from toxins and pollutants. Conversely, no segments of society should bear the brunt of environmental damage, such as when hazardous waste facilities are sited in lower-income and/or minority communities, a practice which has a long and damaging history in the United States. Bringing environmental justice to campus challenges us to reimagine our academics, operations, and community engagement programs with a view towards advancing environmental equity, building inclusion, and undoing the harm of past environmental discrimination. Environmental justice is inherently interdisciplinary, rooted in community engagement, and oriented towards action.
Some questions to consider as you develop your proposal:What are the most effective ways to include environmental justice in your curriculum? What environmental justice practices are incorporated into your community engagement work? How can your sustainability practices and policies become more inclusive and reflective of diverse voices?How does your University address diversity and inclusion in the green jobs sector?How can campus sustainability model diverse and inclusive campus-community relationships?What are student organizations doing to build awareness of environment justice? What are the environmental justice implications of environmental research being done on your campus?How does your campus engage with communities who have suffered from environmental discrimination?