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Building blocks for a just transition and prioritizing the frontline
Advance tribal sovereignty and Indigenous land rights
Renewable energy policies should recognize—and attempt to correct—the history of fossil fuel oppression and displacement of Indigenous people.
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, CalEnviroScreen 3.0
CalEnviroScreen is a mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects. CalEnviroScreen uses environmental, health, and socioeconomic information to produce scores for every census tract in the state.
Front and Centered: Policy Applications of the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map
The new Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map is a science-based tool that combines data on pollution and vulnerability to pollution to compare the cumulative impacts for Washington communities statewide. The Map has many applications, including designating communities with cumulative impacts, prioritizing resources, hiring, and enforcement; and improving land use regulation, public participation and accountability, and data accuracy.
Just transition at the center of policy
A Just Transition is a fundamental shift from an extraction-based economy to one that is democratic, equitable, and regenerative.
PUSH Buffalo: Green Development Zones as a New Model for Economic Growth
In their influential article “The City as Growth Machine” and in subsequent work , John Logan and Harvey Molotch assert that regional economic growth is best understood through analysis of the coordinated investments and power maneuvers of a small set of inter-locking regional elites in banking, real estate development, construction, energy utilities and politics.
Prioritize and identify environmental justice and frontline populations and communities
100% policies should include clear language that calls out environmental justice (EJ) and sets clear targets.