April 2022 Volume 11, Issue 4
Making a change: Howard students volunteer their time to clean up the wetlands at the Kenilworth Aquatics Gardens through Waves of Changes, HBCU, Inc.

Dear Howard University,

Environmental justice has become one of the most critical arenas of the social justice movement. For our society to become more diverse, more equal and more inclusive, we have to focus as much on our physical environment as our social one. We must become conscientious stewards of the resources we use and the structures we build. As much as social justice is predicated on change, we cannot disregard that which we must preserve.  

 In this issue of Bison Beat, we explore the issue of climate change and the many it has influenced what is taking place on our campus right now. From reorienting our academic curricula to emphasize sustainability to ensuring the environmental emphasis of Howard’s own construction and renovation projects, Howard is quickly becoming a leading institution in environmental justice. Considering our legacy of cultivating social justice leaders, it only makes sense that we should produce the next environmental justice leaders as well. We need to marshal all our disciplines – architecture, law, science and politics – to this critical cause. 

Excellence in Truth and Service, 

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA 
Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery 



Running [Homes] Like the Wind 

Lloyd Eley (BS ’10) and Tonya Byrd (BS ’98) both play key roles in the development of the largest offshore wind project in the United States. Once completed in 2026, Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Project will power up to 660,000 homes.   


Professor Janelle Burke: Reducing Plant Blindness and Gaining
Environmental Knowledge 


The director of the interdisciplinary environmental studies program at Howard says building awareness is the first step to growing sustainability and diversity in leadership.

Student Profile

Putting Black People at the Forefront of Environmental Change 

Howard senior Rachel Clark founded Waves of Change, HBCU, Inc. to make a difference in the Black community. 


Environmental Justice in Architecture at Howard University 

Incorporating environmental attitudes into architectural design affects communities of color. 

Sustainability on Howard’s Campus 

As Howard University prepares to embark on its largest real estate initiative in institutional history by investing $785 million in new construction and renovation projects, sustainable initiatives will factor prominently in all aspects of this campus transformation. 

Teaching Sustainable Fashion Design 

Howard fashion professor Mikki Taylor emphasizes environmental responsibility in clothing design. 

Campus Happenings

Dr. Frederick to Retire as 17th President of Howard University by June 2024 

Dr. Frederick recently informed the Howard University Board of Trustees of his plan to retire from the presidency by June 2024, committing to remain in place to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.  

Earth Month @ Howard 

To kick off Earth Month, the Howard University Department of Environmental Studies hosted the “DC Climate Convergence” in Cramton Auditorium to explore topics such as climate conversations, public health and advocacy.  


5 Highlights from the Spring 2022 State of the University Address 




Howard University Alumna, Academy Award-Nominated Actress, Producer and Director Taraji P. Henson to Deliver Commencement Address to the Class of 2022 

Howard University Recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month with HU Stands Campaign 


Howard's Showtime Marching Band Celebrates Justice Jackson's Historic Confirmation, Law Students Share their Reflection 


 Howard University Hospital Revitalization Takes a Big Step Forward 
New Appointments

Anita Plummer, Ph.D., associate director for research and faculty engagement at the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership 


LaNiece R. Tyree, Assistant Vice President of Howard Office of Auxiliary Enterprises  


Warren Petty, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer  

Awards and Recognition

Nea Maloo, AIA,  winner of the 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Course Development Prize  


Howard University Students Tayla Hunter and Katelyn Robertson Are Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for STEM 

Journalism students Kiara Patterson, Kendall Lanier, and Corinne Dorsey receive  2022 White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA)  college scholarships


Reflection by Dr. Frederick

Too often, communities of color are disproportionately affected by the damage and are left behind during the recovery. Yes, we must change the structural injustices embedded into our society that cause this pattern to repeat again and again. But, in tandem, we must champion sustainability in order to preserve the natural resources that can provide relief and support to African American men and women in need.   

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