Posted March 23rd 2010 at 11:19 pm by
in Mel King Community Fellows

Towards 'Justainability': New Report on Environmental Justice and the Green Economy

Click on the images to download the report in English or Spanish.

Can climate stabilize without a fundamental transformation of the global economy? Can we go green while billions go hungry? Can the environment be made healthy for those who can afford it, while people of color and the poor continue to live in degraded conditions? A group of US environmental justice leaders say “no” to all of the above. In a newly released report, these leaders advance a vision in which sustainability and justice – ‘justainability’ – must be simultaneous results; that one simply cannot happen without the other.

Download Environmental Justice and the Green Economy: A Vision Statement and Case Studies for Just and Sustainable Solutions in English and Spanish. This report describes a shared vision for a just and sustainable economy, and highlights grassroots environmental justice successes that are leading the way.

The publication includes case studies from low income communities and communities of color in Los Angeles; Navajo Nation; Harlan County, Kentucky; Miami; Chicago; San Diego; New York; and Richmond, California. The report concludes with three broad categories of recommendations for policy makers to support work that:

1. Strives for full democratic participation.

2. Builds capacity for a truly sustainable infrastructure and green economy.

3. Creates and shares ‘green’ wealth.

This report was guided by a Working Group that included: Bill Gallegos (Communities for a Better Environment, Los Angeles), Denise Perry (Power U, Miami), Kalila Barnett and co-editor Penn Loh (Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), Roxbury Massachusetts), Diane Takvorian (E vironmental Health Coalition, San Diego), Burt Lauderdale (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth), Peggy Shepard and Cecil Corbin-Mark (West Harlem Environmental Action), Donele Wilkins (Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice), Roger Kim (Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Oakland).

Further report details available here.

Penn Loh, co-editor of this report, is a Mel King Fellow at the CoLab, former director of ACE, and a professor at Tufts Urban + Environmental + Planning Program.

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