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Environmental Science Policy & Geography
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Joseph W. Dorsey
My teaching focuses on environmental policy and its implications at local, regional, national and global levels. I have interdisciplinary training in the fields of human ecology, urban and regional planning, international studies, and environmental sociology. My research interests include brownfield redevelopment and greenfield protection, resource use and environmental degradation in developed and developing nations; corporate environmental decision making for pollution management effectiveness and eco-efficiency; and empowering communities to participate more effectively in sustainable development initiatives. I have a public health and human nutrition background from a previous career and been an environmental consultant.
Dorsey Serves as Environmental Justice Ambassador (or click here)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Joseph Dorsey, assistant professor of environmental policy, has been selected as a Coastal Environmental Justice Community Ambassador by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
As an ambassador, Dorsey will support efforts to engage and work with Florida's vulnerable populations, populations along the Gulf Coast that pose the greatest risk of environmental impacts.
“I hope that through this position I can use my expertise and resources to reach beyond the classroom,” Dorsey said. “The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a powerful network of state agencies working on behalf of the Gulf’s future. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Dorsey attended the annual conference of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in August; over the next year he will attend meetings and offer advice on state programs that focus on communicating environmental impact risks to underrepresented communities. He will participate in discussions on regional evacuation planning and serve as a consultant within a network of professionals working on issues surrounding the Gulf.
Civic engagement has been an important part of his courses on environmental policy and his role as an ambassador may create involvement opportunities for students.
"When students come to USFSP, they don’t just listen to lectures, they’re engaged," Dorsey said. "We’re connected to the community, the community is connected to us. Our borders are porous and there is constant movement."
Dorsey’s teaching focuses on environmental policy and its implications at local, regional, national and global levels. His research interests include: brownfield redevelopment and greenfield protection; resource use and environmental degradation in developed and developing nations; corporate environmental decision-making for pollution management effectiveness and eco-efficiency; and empowering communities to participate more effectively in sustainable development initiatives.
Dorsey, Joseph W. Lawns as Symbols of American Values: Is it Time for a Change? in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Volume XI, Issues 1 & 2, June/December, 2009, pp. 1-19.
Dorsey, Joseph W. “Restorative Environmental Justice: Assessing Brownfield Initiatives, Revitalization, and Community Economic Development in St. Petersburg, Florida.” in Environmental Justice, 2(2): June 2009, 69-78.
R. A. Johns, T. A. Smucker, D. Mustafa, J. Dorsey, S. M. Connelly and J. M. Krest. “Xeriscaping as Coastal Amelioration: Using ‘Florida Friendly Landscaping’ to Reduce Pollutant Runoff and Water Consumption in Pinellas County, Florida.” Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Assumption College, Worchester, Massachusetts, December 2007, pp. 113-140.
Dorsey, J.W. and Baron, S. “Disparities in Occupational and Environmental Exposures and Health.” Chapter 31 in Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury. Fifth Edition. Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, and Rosemary K. Sokas (Eds.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2005, pp. 641-660.
Dorsey, J.W. “Brownfields and Greenfields: The Intersection of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship.” in Environmental Practice, Brownfields Special Issue, 5(1): March 2003, pp. 49-56.
Dorsey, J. (contribution to text authored by Szymecko, Lisa A. and Voice, Thomas C.) TheBrownfield Redevelopment Guide for Michigan, Michigan State University, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Substance Research Center. Brownfield News, Inc., Chicago, IL, 2002, pp. 17-18.
Dorsey, J.W. “The Presence of African American Men in the Environmental Movement (or Lack thereof).” in Journal of African American Men, 6(3): Winter 2001, pp. 63-83.
Dorsey, J.W. “Corporate Responsibility and Restorative Justice in Brownfield Redevelopment Initiatives,” in National Association of Environmental Professionals 25th Annual Conference Proceedings, Portland, Maine, June 25-29, 2000.
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