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Green Zones are a community-based environmental justice policy, and requires the most impacted communities to be a central part of the policy and planning process from inception to implementation. Neighborhoods have different types of cumulative pollution affecting them, so a Green Zones policy in one neighborhood of Minneapolis will look different from another neighborhood, and different from the policies in Los Angeles, tailored to the pollution and health impacts faced in each community.

CEED’s Green Zones workshop builds community knowledge in the Twin Cities about the layers of pollution in their neighborhoods, and assist with linking to successful models and campaign strategies in California. Community members use maps from the CEED EJ Mapping Tool and Twin Cities EJ Story Maps to describe environmental health in Minneapolis in new ways that blend lived experiences with pollution data. CEED has conducted technical assistance and workshops in collaboration with the Minneapolis Green Zones Health Impact Assessment Steering Committee on Green Zones, and will continue to develop popular education tools so that community voices are central to any Minneapolis policies around Green Zones moving forward.

For information on CEED’s Green Zones trainings or if you are an environmental justice neighborhood wanting to schedule one, please contact Say Yang, CEED’s Program Coordinator.

Read more about Green Zones here.



The CEED workshop on the Clean Power Plan provides community members with a deeper understanding of what this rule means for power plants in environmental justice communities.

This toolkit describes key elements of the CPP within the context of the power system, pathways for implementation, and challenges to maximize environmental justice for locally impacted communities.

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Letters and Reports:

Popular education activities:


Images from the Climate Justice Alliance CPP Training:

CJA CPP Training Nov 2015



CEED encourages the free use of our popular education materials for community learning and movement building for environmental justice communities. Please enjoy and share the tools published here. We ask you to acknowledge CEED for the creation of these materials in any reproduction of our images, documents, or activities. For use outside of EJ communities please contact CEED. Commercial use is not permitted. Please contact CEED with any questions or comments about the use of these materials.

California environmental justice organizations have been at the forefront of developing cutting edge Green Zones research, policy, and organizing campaigns. For the past 6 years, city level and state wide campaigns, such as that organized by the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) have been pushing for policy change that will transform toxic hotspot communities into sustainable and healthy spaces. These efforts have been had research and foundation partners, such as the Liberty Hill Foundation, to support the long term, multi-year efforts that are part and parcel of such transformative hang policies. In Los Angeles, tactics have involved strong research and data assistance, visual communications, policy technical assistance, and organizers on the ground – all focused on developing a city level Green Zones policy that keeps the most impacted communities at the center of the policy making process, throughout the process.

Keep up with the Los Angeles Green Zones effort, labeled “Clean Up Green Up” campaign which has had stunning success. View their website below:




CEJA Report:

Green Zones Across California





ceja-gz-2010CEJA Concept Paper:

Green Zones for Economic and Environmental Sustainability





Clean Up Green Up:

Green Zones Policy Brief





Liberty Hill Foundation:

Guide to Green





Each State is assigned a target carbon emissions based on a calculation of current makeup of power plants. This calculation compares the ability of each state to shift away from dirty coal generation, increase renewable energy generation, and to increase the efficiency of power plants to operate more cleanly. States are allowed flexibility to design their own State Implementation Plans (SIP’s) to achieve emission targets using a variety of methods.

One decision for states to choose is whether to use Mass or Rate Based targets in their SIP. Mass Based targets are total carbon emissions released across a state. Rate Based targets are emissions released per electricity generated. States can also choose whether or not to trade emissions credits as part of their compliance. These and other decisions will impact the amount of pollution released into local communities near affected power plants.

This infograph shows the historic rate of emissions in each state (orange), the projected emissions without the Clean Power Plan (blue), and the assigned emissions goals for each state. Find your state targets below.


CEED is committed to the principle that all families and communities have the right to information about their energy system, environmental health, and climate planning. Our popular education is designed to initiate conversation and reveal information about environmental health in our communities.

A number of hands on, interactive workshops and educational materials have been developed and refined with community partners over the years. These materials link racial, economic and social justice with community experiences and environmental issues.

Contact CEED for more information about conducting a workshop in your community, and check out some of our materials online.

What’s in my Neighborhood?

  • *Twin Cities Toxic Trivia (interactive)
  • *EJ 101 Animation (video)
  • *Green Zones Workshop

Climate Justice

  • *Energy Democracy
  • *Global Carbon Emissions (TP)
  • CPP Toolkit

Justice in your Home Heating and Electricity

  • Energy Justice workshops
  • Home Heating Bills (workbook)
  • Home Electric Bills (workbook)
  • How to Read your Bills (workbook)

Climate Resiliency Planning

  • Emergency maps
  • What to do in Extreme Weather (factsheet)
  • How to make a Family and Community Emergency Plan (factsheet)

CEED is working together with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization ( in Chicago and the East Michigan Environmental Action Council ( in Detroit to address the unique challenges of racial and environmental disparities in the midwest.