Past Events

Join us for the 15th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference! <– Click for more details, including a speakers schedule.

Dare to CAER!

Free Food! Free Conference! Free Knowledge!

This year’s conference, DARE to CAER: What’s your gateway to environmental justice?, is an all-day event on Saturday, April 24th filled with workshops, speakers, and panels. Topics include urban justice, climate justice, food justice, and nuclear power.

On Sunday, we will be working at Huerto de la Familia, a local community garden that provides a place for low-income Latino families to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

*No registration required*


Environmental (In)Justice in West Eugene

FREE Event!

Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 PM

Willamette 110, University of Oregon

Panel Speakers include:

Lisa Arkin, executive director of OTA

Joshua Vincent, community outreach coordinator for OTA

Dr. Marcela Mendoza, interim executive director of Centro Latino Americano

CAER is hosting a panel regarding the Seneca Sawmill Company’s construction of a biomass plant outside of Eugene near Highway 99. Seneca, a company that produces lumber, will fuel the new plant with wood. But there is much debate about whether biomass is a renewable energy. A local non-profit, Oregon Toxics Alliance, feels that it’s not. OTA anticipates that the Seneca plant will produce numerous harmful chemicals, including carcinogens. The West Eugene area, which is already victim to a number of environmental ills, will be affected most. West Eugene is home to a proportionally high percentage of Latino residents and a proportionally high percentage of low-income residents compared with the rest of Eugene.


CAER Environmental Justice Film Series

7pm Thursday, April 9

“A Civil Action”

Willamette 110

7pm Thursday, April 16


Willamette 110

7pm Thursday, April 23


Lawrence 166


14th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference

“Voices for Environmental Justice”

April 25-26, 2009

University of Oregon


Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of the Environmental Justice Movement
Dr. Robert Bullard

Dr. Robert Bullard

“Growing Smarter to Achieve Healthy and Livable Conditions”

7pm (Doors open 6:30)

Tuesday February 17, 2009

150 Columbia Hall

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403


The Coalition Against Environmental Racism is proud to present Dr. Robert Bullard in a Winter Term Speaker event! This event will be a preview for the 14th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference in April!

Dr. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Furthermore, Dr. Bullard has been referred to as the father of the Environmental Justice movement, in part due to his numerous influential works. The topics of his books include pressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental racism, climate justice, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. He will give a talk entitled “Growing Smarter to Achieve Healthy and Livable Conditions” at 7pm, Tuesday February 17th, 2009. This free event will be held in 150 Columbia Hall at the University of Oregon.

This event is co-sponsored by the Savage Endowment, Multicultural Center, Oregon Humanities Center, Cultural Forum, OIED, Environmental Studies, Office of Sustainability, Wayne Morse Center, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, Department of Ethnic Studies, Environmental and Natural Resource Law, UO MEChA, and the ASUO Senate.