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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.