March 11, 2022 – University of Houston Law Center professor and scholar Gina S. Warren recently received the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Faculty Fellow Award, an achievement she says will allow her to conduct research on “achieving equity in social and economic participation in the energy system.”
Warren’s project, The Ethics of Energy and Environmental Justice, “will explore the ethical obligations of industry and governmental agencies to facilitate environmental and energy justice for [communities of color] during the energy transition,” she said.
This research “is exceedingly timely because as the world transitions to clean energy, governments and industry leaders must engage in decision-making that will ensure a sustainable future for all communities,” said Warren.
Warren is the UH Law Center’s A.L. O’Quinn Chair in Environmental Studies and currently serves as Co-Director of the Law Center’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center. Her scholarship has appeared in top 20 law journals, books, and peer-reviewed journals, according to her biography.
“Communities of color and people of lower socioeconomic circumstances have historically been more likely to suffer the health and social risks of living near polluting energy infrastructure,” Warren said. “They also tend to pay a higher-than-average percentage of their income toward energy-related products, like electricity, heat, and gasoline.”
“I am proud to be among those who have received this prestigious award,” Warren said.
Last year’s fellows included University of Houston Law Center professors Renee Knake Jefferson and David Kwok.
The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs was established in 2020 to advance the University of Houston’s standing as a nationally-recognized leader in ethics and leadership education and scholarship.
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