Racial Justice and Sustainability

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This panel aims to broaden our perspectives on the relationship between the social and natural environments.

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AOM Social Issues in Management Division

Hosts: Robbin Derry (Lethbridge) & Jeffrey York (Colorado)


Carl Zimring (Pratt Institute)

Irene Henriques (York)

Mary Beth Doucette (Cape Breton Univ.)

This panel aims to broaden our perspectives on the relationship between the social and natural environments. It will also deepen our understanding of the conceptual connection between “race” and “waste” in the historical development of public and corporate policies.

Lead Sponsor: Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Call For Papers:

Journal of Business Ethics (Financial Times 50)

Special Issue on “Racial Justice and Business Ethics”

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021

Guest Editors: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh), Robbin Derry (Lethbridge), Gregory Fairchild (Virginia)

Carl Zimring is an environmental historian interested in how attitudes concerning waste shape society, culture, institutions, and inequalities. This interest led him to work as a brownfields surveyor, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fellow, on the board of directors of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and snooping in dumpsters and recycling bins all around the world to see what and how we discard.

Zimring's books focus on aspects of waste history. Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America (2005) examined changes and continuities in how Americans salvaged and recycled materials as the nation industrialized, how this practice became associated with the modern environmental movement, and how that association obscures important environmental and economic issues. Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States (2015) provided an argument for evolving concerns about waste in the nineteenth century providing the context for structures of environmental racism identified in the late twentieth century. Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective (2017) emerged from conversations with design faculty and students at Pratt. This book considers secondary aluminum use worldwide since World War II as a precursor to twenty-first century attempts at industrial upcycling, with an eye for using history to inform contemporary sustainable design strategies.

Zimring has also published essays and articles on environmental history topics including the complex environmental legacy of automobile shredders, the recent history of New York City's curbside recycling program, the rhetorical context behind passage of the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, the social history of Gilded Age scrap recycling workers in the United States, the historical dimensions of critical discard studies, (with Michael Bryson) the past, present, and future of Chicago's Bubbly Creek, and (with Joel Tarr) the development of St. Louis's influential smoke control ordinance of 1940.With William L. Rathje, Zimring edited the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage (2012). Other co-edited works include joining editor Fredric Quivik in publishing a special issue of IA - The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology on industrial waste and (assisting Michael Conzen) two volumes of essays on the historical geography of the Illinois & Michigan Canal Corridor.

Zimring joined Pratt in 2012 to create and coordinate the Institute's sustainability studies minor. Before arriving in Brooklyn he helped create the first sustainability studies BA program in Illinois at Roosevelt University. He previously taught at Oberlin College, Michigan Technological University, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Carnegie Mellon University. Research support includes funding from the Smithsonian Institution, the Hagley Museum and Library, Columbia University Seminars, the U.S. EPA, and the American Society for Environmental History's Samuel P. Hays Fellowship.

Irene Henriques

My research interests span economics, stakeholder management and sustainability. My research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary. In the past few years I have undertaken interdisciplinary work with York University colleagues in science and law. My management research has its theoretical bases in both stakeholder theory and social sciences such as microeconomics, finance, management and ecology. I am currently examining the role that financial institutions, governments and businesses play in encouraging or discouraging social Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Mary Beth Doucette is Assistant Professor and Purdy Crawford Chair in CBU�s Shannon School of Business (Sydney, NS). She is also Membertou band member and a doctoral student in management at St. Mary�s University (Halifax, NS). She has a B.Eng in industrial engineering from Dalhousie and an MBA in Community Economic Development from CBU. With a focus on interactions between Mi�kmaw and Canadians, Doucette researches how people in organizations use policies and procedures to share knowledge in culturally informed ways. One tangible result of Doucette�s research is a co-edited book (2016, with K. G. Brown and J. E. Tulk), Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices. The book demonstrates the unequivocal effect that history and policy have on business education as it relates to Aboriginal business and communities. Doucette is currently working on a research project (A SHARED Future) that is rooted in the desire for reconciliation between groups and with the environment.

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