Environmental Justice

It's an infuriating reality: Communities that have been disadvantaged due to discrimination are disproportionately affected by environmental harms. By studying the evolution of environmental issues through time and from diverse perspectives, you'll learn how to help promote economic growth and environmental conservation in truly equitable and inclusive ways.


You'll have opportunities to participate in internships with nonprofits, museums, outdoor education facilities and other organizations, such as: 

  • Citizens for Conservation
  • Environmental Defenders
  • Natural Land Institute
  • PAWS Humane Society
  • Sustainable RIVER Project

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With our many active faculty research labs, you'll have opportunities to participate in research that aligns with your goals and interests. You can also apply for a Research, Engagement and Academic Diversity Grant to help fund your research or special project.

Learn More About Environmental Justice Research

Get Involved

You can go on trips—or even find a job—with NIU Outdoor Adventures, a program that helps students from all backgrounds connect with nature. You can also volunteer in our Communiversity Gardens, check out the Environmental Law Society or join another student group, such as: 

  • Anthropology Club 
  • Go Green-Go Clean 
  • Inclusive Birding Club 
  • Vegetarian Education Group 

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What Can I Do With an Environmental Justice Emphasis?

When you graduate, you'll be ready to help address contemporary environmental challenges from the perspective of equity and justice. Some jobs you could have include:

  • Community organizer
  • Conservation officer
  • Eco-tourism operator
  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Environmental nonprofit grant writer
  • Outdoor/park interpreter
  • Sustainability outreach specialist

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Complementary Programs

Contact Us

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy
325 Montgomery Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1814
Email: envs@niu.edu
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