Climate Justice

IRISE has assembled a team of DU faculty from across campus to strategically plan events and opportunities for students, faculty and community organization leaders to engage in climate justice research and policy advocacy.  In March 2022, IRISE will host a series of speakers and university-wide classes related to climate justice.  We will welcome Dr. Nadia Kim of Loyola Marymount University and author of Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Envrionmental Justice in LA on March 2nd for a roundtable with community and government stakeholders.  Details and RSVP forthcoming.  Bookmark this page as updates on opportunities, events and resources will be posted regularly!  Contributors include the Sustainability Institute, Center for Immigration Policy and Research (CIPR),  Center for Community Engaged Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), DU Grand Challenges and the Eco Justice Center.  



Climate Justice at DU

Winter Quarter 2022 Courses


ECON 2360:  Economics: Ecology

EPM 4001:  Environmental Foundations

EALC 2002:  The Impact of Development on the Environment

EPM 4232:  Sustainability:  Policy & Practice

EPM 4200:  Environmental Law

EPM 4234:  Climate Change & Science

EPM:  4400:  Environmental Values & Ethics

INTS 2703:  Climate Change

INTS 3111:  Migration & Development

INTS 4655:  Negotiating Environmental Conflict & Policy

Upcoming Events


Sustainability Conference

February 18, 2021.  Details forthcoming


refusing death book cover

Climate Justice & Migration Roundtable

March 2nd lunchtime roundtable featuring Dr. Nadia Kim

Morning and evening open class sessions with Green Latinos

Location:  SIE Maglione Hall 5th Floor

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CIRC Series

Center for Immigration Research and Policy virtual series with Robin Wall Kimmerer from April 18-21

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Green Justice in Denver

DU Grand Challenges, CCESL and the DU Urban Sustainability Cohort will present Green Justice in Denver on April 21st 2021.  Details coming soon!

Featured Resources

Gonna Trouble the Water:  Ecojustice, Water and Environmental Racism by Dr Miguel de la Torre, Iliff School of Theology.  To deny water is to deny life. Firmly grounded at the intersection of environmentalism and racism, Gonna Trouble the Water considers the sacred nature of water and the ways in which it is weaponized against non-white communities.


Ean Thomas Tafoya and Rebecca Curry Opinion Piece on Colorado's Environmental Justice Act

DU Community-Engaged Research

The Color of Water:  This project works to engage government agencies, institutions of higher education on the topic, and communities of color in the realm of water and climate justice.  Built upon Dr. Tom I. Romero, II’s path breaking article, The Color of Water: Observations of a Brown Buffalo on Water Law and Policy in Ten Stanzas , the project is building new pathways for local and state government agencies to partner with, collaborate on, and readily as well as meaningfully share data, develop research questions, and disseminate information with Colorado's under-served communities on issues of water.  Community Partner:  Colorado People's Alliance (COPA).   Read more here

Ecojustice Community in Colorado