Environmental Justice and the Green Economy

A Vision Statement, Recommendations, and Tools for Communities

About March 13, 2009

To facilitate and help unify the voice of the environmental justice movement in their “green economy” and Stimulus-related advocacy, a small Working Group representing eight organizations in six states has prepared two documents:

1- Environmental Justice and the Green Economy: A Vision Statement and Case Studies for Just and Sustainable Solutions and

2- Stimulating Environmental Justice: How the States Can Use Federal Recovery Funds to Build a Just and Sustainable Economy.

Both of these documents are available on this site through our BoxNet window, on the right, and through hyperlinks on the blog entries on our blog homepage.

With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or the “Stimulus” Act) President Obama set a new tone for our democracy, based on making the right choices for our children and generations yet to come. Yet while Stimulus Act provisions recite a historic level of transparency and accountability to guarantee that our tax dollars are spent wisely, our communities will bear the civic task of ensuring the fair and prudent distribution of Stimulus funds and “green economy” opportunities.

It will be up to our communities to continually push for fairness and accountability standards, equitable inclusion, sustainability, and community participation, all of which are core tenets of the environmental justice movement, in Stimulus and Green Economy contract and appropriation decisions.

As one act of civic engagement, we urge all supporters of environmental justice to sign on to the Vision Statement on this site. This statement is a potentially powerful way in which we can amplify and unify our voices across all our communities. We encourage you to incorporate and/or customize the Talking Points and Recommendations as they best fit your locality.

To endorse this statement, please send an email to pennloh[at]comcast.net with your name, title, and affiliation and whether you are endorsing as an individual or organization. We also encourage you to send any comments or questions about the statement to the same address. A periodically updated list of endorsers will be posted on our WordPress blog site at https://ejstimulus.wordpress.com .

Members of the working group include:

  • Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment (Los Angeles)
  • Denise Perry, Power U (Miami)
  • Kalila Barnett and Penn Loh, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Boston
  • Diane Takvorian, Environmental Health Coalition (San Diego)
  • Peggy Shepard and Cecil Corbin-Mark, West Harlem Environmental Action
  • Burt Lauderdale, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
  • Donele Wilkins, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Roger Kim, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland)