Catherine Coleman Flowers
Senior Fellow, Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement
Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) which seeks the implementation of best practices to address the reduction of health and economic disparities, improve access to clean air, water, and soil in marginalized rural communities by influencing policy, inspiring innovation, catalyzing relevant research, and amplifying the voices of community leaders. This is done within the context of climate change and through the lens of environmental justice.
A member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, she is employed as the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Her goal is to find solutions to raw sewage that exist in rural communities throughout the United States. Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and works to make the UN Sustainable Development Agenda accountable to front-line communities. Her journey is chronicled in her book entitled Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, which will be published by the New Press this fall.
HBO’s VICE News Reporting: Catherine Advocates For Alabama Residents Exposed To Hookworm.
Ms. Catherine Flowers, Rural Development Manager, Delivers Testimony on #InvestingInWater. As Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, Catherine delivers a testimony on investing in water.
The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers: A mosquito bite decades ago leads Catherine Coleman Flowers on her life’s journey. A day in the life of an environmental justice activist to solve problems at the intersection of poverty, climate change, and politics from the Alabama Black Belt to Washington, D.C.
America Will Be – Uniting a Movement: Kairos Center & the Poor People’s Campaign document the people coming together for clean water & to eradicate poverty, from Standing Rock and beyond.
From the Blog
At the Rosa Parks Commemoration in Huntsville, AL guest speaker Catherine Coleman Flowers, CEE’s Senior Fellow, spoke on how Environmental Justice and Climate Change are Civil Rights issues. Catherine was among those honored as a “Catalyst for Change” including the youth winners of the “I am Rosa Parks” essay contest.… Read more
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges Excellent testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment by Catherine Flowers at 31:30 mark on this link. We must confront inequities in wastewater… Read more