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There are multiple opportunities for community members to influence the Clean Power Plan throughout their state implementation process. SIPs are required to meet certain participation requirements before approval, and provide a plan for participation if they apply for an extension.

 

Download CEED’s Community Engagement Factsheet.

State pollution regulators are responsible for completing their State Implementation Plan (SIP) in consultation with each state’s energy regulators. Look for local agency contacts below to find out more about your state’s process.

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This presentation describes different parts of the Clean Power Plan as related to Environmental Justice. Developed in partnership for members of the Climate Justice Alliance, this provides background on the electrical system, components of the rule, and some challenges for community groups to discuss to help shape a plan that works in their own states.

 

PLAY THE GAME: What’s Environmental Justice Got To Do With Me?

wheelPlay this interactive Trivia game in a workshop setting or by yourself to learn about environmental health in the Twin Cities. Ask questions on local, metro-wide, and systematic environmental justice issues around Industry, Transportation, Housing, Water, Food and Parks. Give prizes for the right answers!

CEED has created a trivia spin wheel game to play at public events.

 

Download the Toxic Trivia Jeopardy to play using the interactive format, or you can practice the game by scrolling through the preview below. In the interactive mode, click the scoreboard to reveal each question, go to the next page for the answer, and navigate back to find another questions by clicking the blue home button.

 

 

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.

There are many different sources of pollution, and may forms of exposure that community members must deal with on a day to day basis. Air pollution is one form that impacts the health and well-being of our children and our elders. The risk posed to our health depends on a variety of factors including the toxicity of the pollution, the level or intensity of pollution, age and development stage, and other existing health issues or stressors.

 

Poor air quality or exposure to air pollution is linked to a variety of respiratory diseases like asthma. Some forms of air pollution are also high in cancer-causing toxins.

 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency MNRisks tool models how exposure to pollution changes across Minnesota communities based on pollution from industry (also called point sources), traffic (non-point sources), and other sources in this detailed model. This tool estimates the amount of pollutants to which communities are exposed. The “level of concern” for adults may also be lower for children or others who are more sensitive to its impacts or those who breathe more polluted air by working or exercising outdoors.

 

The map below shows the areas of concern for inhalation of risks for cancer in the city of Minneapolis — brown areas shown on map have higher pollution.