Philosopher Named to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Kyle Whyte, the George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, has been named to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council was created in January by President Biden’s “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” It “will provide advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on how to address current and historic environmental injustices,” according to an announcement from the White House.

Professor Whyte, whose Ph.D. is in philosophy, works on environmental justice, with an emphasis on “moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene.” He joined the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in 2020, following several years in the Departments of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. You can learn more about his research here.

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3 years ago

Congratulations, Kyle!