Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Environmental Justice movement is created by individuals and organizations who seek to raise the voices of the communities who are most-impacted by environmental problems. Here in Washington, the following groups and collaborations are raising the voices of and shining light on those who are most impacted in an effort to bring about Equity and Inclusion.

Front and Centered is a coalition of more than 60 organizations in Washington state at the frontline of environmental crisis and the center of change. Rooted in communities of color, Front and Centered conducts participatory research, develops policies and organizes to center equity and people of color in the environmental movement.

Puget Sound Sage is on the forefront of driving some of the nation’s most dynamic policies for climate, economic, and racial justice. Puget Sound Sage’s mission is to combine research, innovative public policy and organizing to ensure all people have an affordable place to live, a good job, a clean environment, and access to public transportation. Puget Sound Sage advocates for policy that makes racial and social equity a top goal for decision makers at all levels of government.

Got Green is a people of color-led environmental justice organization in South Seattle working to ensure the benefits of the green economy—green jobs, access to healthy food, green healthy homes, and public transit—reach low-income communities and communities of color.

Solar Plus is a regional effort led by a broad coalition of stakeholders that are working towards tripling the amount of solar energy installed in Washington and Oregon by 2019. Solar Plus envisions a future where the benefits of solar energy are equitably expanded to all including renters, households with low incomes, communities of color and all ratepayers.

Emerald Cities Collaborative is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating high-road -- sustainable, just and inclusive -- economies with opportunities for all. ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy. This includes developing the economic infrastructure for family-supporting wages and career paths for residents of such communities, as well as contracting opportunities for women, minority and other disadvantaged businesses.

WA Environmental Health Disparities Map is an interactive map of Washington created by a collaboration of Dept of Ecology and Dept of Health to identify numerous environmental and human health disparities and rank them according to severity. The map displays impacts and disparities neighborhood by neighborhood related to diesel pollution, social vulnerability to hazards, lead exposure, affordable housing, transportation access and a wide variety of other impacts, with more to be added in the future.

Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions is a book edited by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub. The concept of Energy Democracy is the focus of an online webinar, sponsored by Island Press and moderated by Denise Fairchild. It describes on how the energy democracy movement goes beyond technological solutions to address the legacy of social and racial injustice in the fossil fuel industry and features book contributors Ashura Lewis and Vivian Yi Huang.

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