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Land Use Rezoning in Minneapolis

CEED, along with partners, submitted recommendations to the City Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Department to urge the City to take proactive steps to protect the health and safety of the most under resourced communities through this zoning process.

Minnesota’s SF 4 Bill: Decoding the 100% Clean Energy Commitment and What it Means for Environmental Justice Communities

Last week, Minnesota signed into law Senate bill SF 4, establishing an ambitious goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2040, joining 25 other states with 100% clean energy or zero greenhouse gas emissions commitments. But what does this bill actually mean for environmental justice communities in MN, and what comes next?

Earth Day 2023: Celebrating Nature’s Gifts

For the past few months, I have been working with Cynthia Rico Mendoza, of Earthy Mujer, to create Nature’s Cookbook….

Inflation Reduction Act Environmental and Climate Justice Program: Recommendations

Earlier this month, the Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy (CEED) together with other member organizations of the Equitable and Just National Climate Forum (EJNCF) took part in a Request for Information (RFI) process on the Inflation Reduction Act and Climate Justice Program.

How Women and Water Can Change the World: Celebrating Women’s History Month and World Water Day

Water and sanitation are essential for life, health, dignity, and prosperity. Yet, many people lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Women and children can be especially impacted. In this blogpost, you can learn about why we need to value water as a human right and a common good. You will also find some practical ways that you can get involved in protecting and improving water quality and equity in your community.

Incineration in Minnesota: The Environmental Justice Fight Against Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC)

Back in December of 2022, CEED’s Natalya Arevalo connected with Akira Yano, a local organizer with the MNEJT. They talked about the HERC, its impacts, barriers to pushing for its closure, and how to maintain effective momentum. Take a look at their conversation.

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Scientist’s Reflections on the Intersection of Black History and a Just and Sustainable Future

As a Black woman, scientist, mom, and advocate for equitable access to safe, healthy, and sustainable environments, I am proud of the contributions that Black Americans have made to science, technology, and environmental advocacy. However, the history of systemic racism and oppression in the United States has made it difficult for communities of color to access safe and healthy environments. This reality is unacceptable, and it’s up to all of us to work together to build a more just and sustainable future. 

Transforming Toxic Hot Spots with Justice at the Center 

The City of Minneapolis held its first official Green Zones Working Group in April, with a stated commitment to be guided by community members that would identify solutions to the worst pollution in Minneapolis.

Coming Clean and the Campaign for Healthier Solutions

Two out of three food cans tested have toxic BPA in the linings, even higher at Dollar Store chains By…

Seventh Generation Tribal Mentoring Program

CEED worked with the 7th Generation National Tribal Mentoring Program to sponsor the “Peace Carriers for Mother Earth” program for…