H. James Quigley Jr.
Jim has been an activist over the years: in the civil rights movement; in the peace movement; and the environmental movement. Jim's father, a clergyman, recruited Jim while still in high school to distribute handbills and walk picket lines in support of bussing to achieve racial integration in the 1960s and to elect the first African American mayor to a large US city, Carl Stokes in Cleveland, Ohio; while in college Jim joined the Student Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam frequently manning the picket lines, writing letters to editors (which he continues to this day), and lobbying his elected representatives. Jim joined the Ohio Public Interest Research Group petitioning to successfully place on the ballot before Ohio voters in the 1970s a measure to amend the state constitution to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature before a permit could be offered for the construction of any new nuclear power plants. While the issue was defeated, the movement came to fruition after the accident at Three-Mile Island. Jim has been a member of the Sierra Club for more than 30 years. He served on the board of the New York City Group and headed a committee that battled the construction of a trash incinerator in Brooklyn while promoting a city-wide recycling program that was later adopted under wide-spread public pressure. During his years at CBNS, Queens College, Jim became an expert witness on solid waste management and the markets for secondary materials captured in curbside recycling programs and developed with municipal composting programs. He appeared at numerous public hearings on behalf of grass roots environmental groups opposed to the conventional burn and bury approach to garbage disposal.
Jim's work on the faculty at Stony Brook University has focused on the green urbanism movement and its political underpinnings. Across the United States today urban planners and architects have seized on a new approach to design which takes into account harmony with the natural environment. Building envelope systems, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, electric power and water management systems are all being re-imagined and re-designed to conserve natural resources. A re-assessment of urban transport, public utilities, waste water management, urban brownfields, and solid wastes are the focus of a more sustainable and resilient built environment. Powerful forces with vested interest in conventional systems that rely on fossil fuels are arrayed to frustrate these "smart growth" efforts. Thus, the politics of sustainability are at the heart of Jim's research interest. He is currently writing a chapter about climate change and environmental justice for a book project that has collaborators across the country (Handbook of Urban Environmental Education due out early next year).
1986 Abstracts of Selected Documents on Energy Options for the American Flag Territories of the Pacific: Guam, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa (Honolulu: East-West Center).
1988 "Employment Impact of Recycling." BioCycle, March.
1988 with Commoner, Barry, et al.: Intensive Recycling Feasibility Study for the City of Buffalo. Final Report. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; April).
1988 with Commoner, B., et al.: Development and Pilot Test of an Intensive Municipal Solid Waste Recycling System for the Town of East Hampton. Final Report to New York State Energy Research Development Authority. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; December).
1989 "Recycling Frontiers: Of Glutted Markets and Spurred Demand." Resource Recycling. March/April.
1991 with Commoner, B., et al.: An Analysis of the Preliminary Recycling Plan, FY'91, Department of Sanitation. Submitted to Borough President of the Bronx. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; February 5).
1991 with Commoner, B., et al.: Development of Innovative Procedures to Achieve High Rates of Recycling in Urban Low-Income Neighborhoods. Interim Report submitted to The Pew Charitable Trusts and Aaron Diamond Foundation. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; August 1).
1991 with Commoner, B., et al.: An Action Plan for Pollution Prevention Through Government Purchases: Initiating the Transition to Ecologically Sound Production. Final Report Public Welfare Foundation and North Shore Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; August 23).
1992 "The Rush to Burn: Incinerator Controversies Heat Up." E Magazine. March/April.
1992 with Commoner, B., et al.: Development of Innovative Procedures to Achieve High Rates of Recycling in Urban Low-Income Neighborhoods. Final Report to The Pew Charitable Trusts and Aaron Diamond Foundation. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; April 10).
1992 with Commoner, B., et al.: Analysis of "A Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan for New York City and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement, March 1992." Final Report submitted to Bronx Borough President. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; May 28).
1992 "Trash Disposal: Asking the Right Questions." Environment and Development, American Planning Association. June.
1993 and Commoner, B. Public Investment in the Environment: How to Campaign for Government Purchase of Recycled Paper (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; July).
1993 with Commoner, et. al. How Intensive Reuse and Recycling of Municipal Solid Waste Can Create Jobs and Facilitate Economic Development in New York City (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; November).
1995 with Commoner, et. al. Determination and Characterization of Sources of Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene to the Great Lakes. Final Report submitted to the Joyce Foundation. (New York: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; January).
2002 with Richard Artz, Paul Bartlett, Mark Cohen, Barry Commoner, Paul Cooney, Kim Couchot, Mark Deslauriers, Alan Dickar, Roland Draxler, Holger Eisl, Catherine Hill, Rachelle Laurin, Larissa Mathewson-Brake, John McDonald, David Neimi, Dominique Ratte, and Joyce Rosenthal. "Modeling the Atmospheric Transport and Deposition of PCDD/F to the Great Lakes," Environmental Science & Technology, 2002 (36) 4831-4845.
2015 with Belinda Chin, Dara Nix-Stevenson and I. Malik Saafir, “Environmental Equity in the Age of Climate Change,” in Urban Environmental Education, edited by Alex Russ, Published by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, North American Association for Environmental Education, and EECapacity project. Produced through a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Ithaca, NY and Washington, DC.
Past and Continuing... frequent contributor to letters-to-editors; for example The following New York Times:
Courses taught at Stony Brook University:
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
EDP 301 The Built Environment I
EDP 404 Design Project
EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
"Sustain It: Conversations in Sustainability," broadcast periodically on WUSB, 90.1 FM, Stony Brook University
“Interview with Dr. Quigley” by Jayme Liardi, May 27, 2014
- Heidi Hutner
- Kim Knoll
- Katherine Aubrecht
- Arlene Kons Cassidy
- Anthony Dvarskas
- Donovan Finn
- Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang
- Elizabeth Terese Newman
- Sharon Pochron
- H. James Quigley Jr.
- Tara Rider
- David Taylor
- Karina Yager
- William P. Bowman
- Maria Brown
- Steve Englebright
- Carl Safina
- Gregory Tarquinio
- Patricia Wright
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