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The carbon emissions activity is a way to visualize our energy use and the comparative impact of energy systems around the world. Participants guess how many tons of carbon per person is emitted on average in different countries around the world. Discussion centers on the long-term and global impact of our energy use as well as the impact of historical emissions relative between countries.



After mapping out the ways we use energy throughout the day, participants can contextualize how deeply our daily actions are tied to our energy system. A complete transformation is needed to move to a just energy economy.


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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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.

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)

It has historically been very difficult for communities to get access to information and data that would show the many layers of pollution sources in their neighborhoods.

This is one effort CEED conducted in Minneapolis and St. Paul to start to bridge this gap and develop tools for communities to start to access that information themselves. The Twin Cities EJ Mapping Tool provides information about sources of pollution in a community and lets a user compare environmental risks across neighborhoods based on race and income. In seeing the distribution of vulnerabilities across our neighborhoods and communities, we can be informed and continue to promote a common understanding of environmental risks amongst ourselves.

In 2020, CEED performed an update to the tool in partnership with University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). CEED gathered feedback from community members and grassroots partners on what would be most useful to represent on the map. Over an iterative process we updated data sources that are currently illustrated on the tool. (Footnote: All the data sources that are used in the tool are publicly accessible. No new information was collected or analyzed as part of the development or update of this tool). While this map notes various burdens impacting communities, we were also intentional in noting areas of resiliency and pride throughout neighborhoods (e.g schools).

The long-term intent is that this tool is useful from a community basis in assessing cumulative sources of pollution; potential coordination needs across multiple regulatory agencies; and needs for building local climate resiliency.

Expand the “layers” tab indicating larger themes within the map to show various demographic and pollution information in the Twin Cities.

  • Within the layers tab, make sure the box next to “Environmental Justice Atlas” is selected.
  • Expand the layers using drop down arrows. Make sure the top layer (indicating the larger theme) is selected to see information within each sub-layer. For instance, if you want to see schools in your neighborhood, select the “Public Infrastructure” theme and then select the “Schools” sub-layer.
  • You can zoom in to your own neighborhood using the + and – buttons and recenter by selecting and dragging over the map. *Tip: select the “Political Boundaries” theme and then select the “Neighborhoods” sub-layer to view your neighborhood boundaries.Find out how far you live from pollution sources by using the “measure” tool.

Interact with the EJ Atlas online to see complete information in your own neighborhood here: