The Environmental Justice Coalition focuses our research and advocacy work on four main areas in environmental justice: Public Health, Climate Action, Energy, and Infrastructure. We research leading environmental justice issues, connect with key stakeholders, and help craft original solutions focused on sustainability, equity, and innovation for our student-led think-tank.
Learn more about the 4 Policy Sectors at EJC!
The Public Health sector focuses on researching, developing, and advocating for policies that promote the health and wellbeing of BIPOC and marginalized communities harmed by environmental racism and ensure access to clean air and water. We work to bridge healthcare and sanitation access and quality disparities among communities that bear disproportionate environmental costs. We lobby for standards that ensure environmental health equity protections, services, and access for all to be adopted at the local, state, and federal level.
The Climate Action sector focuses on researching, developing, and advocating for policies to combat climate change; there is no Planet B. Climate change disproportionately impacts those who are not well equipped to deal with it: indigenous peoples, low-income communities, and the houseless population. We work to alleviate communities impacted by extreme weather events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes and snowstorms, and put protections in place for civilians at greater risk of inhaling toxins and pollutants, experiencing elevated temperatures, etc.
The Energy sector focuses on utilizing renewable energy as a vehicle to advance environmental and climate justice and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency, reduce electricity costs, increase access to green energy sources, and ensure greater energy security for low-income and BIPOC communities.
The Infrastructure sector focuses on researching, developing, and advocating for policies that ensure public access to green infrastructure and proper housing, design efficient transportation and city planning systems, plan the placement of new buildings and public works off of indigenous lands and away from pollutants and toxins that will harm its residents, and include stakeholders of different socioeconomic levels in critical infrastructure and urban planning conversations.
Released Policy Briefs
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- Public Health
- Climate Action
Environmental Health Equity for CA Farm Workers
Research Policy Brief