In order to put environmental justice on the forefront of any revisions planned for the Minnesota Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW) and other environmental review documents, CEED submitted comments to the Environmental Quality Board. As they plan for their revisions, we are urging them to (1) Integrate A Robust Environmental Justice Analysis Procedure by Incorporating the EPA’s Draft “Technical Guidance For Assessing Environmental Justice In Regulatory Analysis”; (2) Develop a Meaningful Process for Environmental Justice Communities’ Engagement in Rule-making and the Environmental Review Process; (3) Utilize up-to-date data; and (4) Revise pollution thresholds in the context of climate change.
CEED is the proud recipient of the 2013 Allies for Justice Award from the Headwaters Foundation for Justice for our work on environmental and energy justice. CEED formally received the award at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s 15th annual celebration at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Our honor was memorialized in a beautiful thematic pictorial created by artist Ricardo Levins Morales.Headwaters’ Executive Director, Trista Harris, celebrated CEED by stating that “this year’s honorees exemplify the importance of connecting with the community in bringing about social change” and that Headwaters was “proud to be associated with organizations and individuals like these that are dedicated to promoting environmental equity in our state.” CEED extends its gratitude to the Headwaters Foundation for Justice for honoring and supporting CEED’s work. We recognize our ability to advance environmental justice would not be possible without our community allies who have stood with us, and we thank them as we collectively move environmental justice forward. See the Headwaters video about CEED.Photo: CEED Board, staff and volunteers at the Headwaters celebration were: (standing left to right) Pratibha Gupta, Shalini Gupta, Lolita Spotted Thunder-Granados, Deb Feeny; (sitting left to right) Hui Wilcox, Shannon Gibney, Pramila Vasudevan, Jim Kleinschmit, Anand Gupta Kleinschmit.
The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) has been asked to provide advice to EPA, specifically its Office of Research and Development (ORD), on 5 charge questions. The NEJAC Research Advisory Workgroup will formulate draft findings and recommendations for the NEJAC Executive Council, .which will in turn take these recommendations and provide advice to the EPA and theOffice of Research and Development (ORD) The five key questions are:
(1) What critical opportunities are there for informing actions that address and prevent environmental inequities through implementing these research programs? How can sustainability as an operational framework advance research in support of environmental justice?
(2) How can ORD implement a community-inclusive, meaningful, and sustained participatory process in the development of EPA scientific research agendas? In order to strengthen the relevance and quality of its R&D enterprise, how can ORD most effectively work collaboratively with communities in the execution of its research programs (e.g., community-based participatory research)?
(3) How can the outputs of ORD’s research programs be customized to interface with local decision makers and disproportionately-impacted communities? How can ORD determine whether its research products and outputs are having a demonstrated impact with respect to addressing and preventing environmental inequities?
(4) What criteria should ORD use to assess the impact of its research with respect to environmental justice, and EPA decision making?
(5) What are the most critical skills, both technical and non-technical, that EPA research scientists will need to address environmental justice as part of each of the six programs?
JOIN CEED in supporting a letter in support of EJ advocates and communities calling for justice to be the foundation for all climate policy. You can read the full letter and sign on by going to http://www.movementgeneration.org/communities-across-us-stand-with-those-impacted-by-sandy
As a result of the pressure to build an Environmental Justice (EJ) focus on the Minneapolis climate action plan, the city and the department of sustainability have agreed to a include an EJ working work in the planning process. The EJ working group will also have 2 seats on the overall steering committee.
Please attend the first mtg of Environmental Justice (EJ) Working Group of the Minneapolis Climate Action Planning process. The EJ Working Group will review the strategies and provide recommendations for the City’s 2012 Climate Action Plan.
This Climate Action Plan will have an effect on how the City is planning for more sustainable housing, transportation and waste. The EJ Working Group meetings are open to the public. Please Join Us!