environmental justice


Marcia Cassidy Communications

Renewable Energy Technology is Not Fully Helping Communities That Need it Most

Carolyn E. Ramirez, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University, , UCS

In the United States, renewable energy technology, like solar cells, is still mostly utilized by white populations when data show that communities of color are impacted most negatively by fossil fuel pollution and climate change. Read more >

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Will Oregon Join the Race to 100% Clean Energy?

, Western States Energy Manager and Senior Analyst

Climate change touches on so many parts of our lives, and the impacts of climate change have been especially devastating over the past year. But there are some signs of hope – like what’s happening in Oregon. This year, Oregon’s legislature has the opportunity to adopt a 100% clean energy target. Read more >

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Forging Equitable Scientist-Community Partnerships for Citizen Science Projects

Jackie James, Founder and Board Chair, and contributions by Dr. Shaun Crawford, Technical Advisor, , UCS

In 2014, I met Shaun Crawford at a Science for Action conference in New Orleans. With similar goals for our communities, we struck up a partnership, realizing science had to converge with civic action and community organizing to affect real change. Read more >

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Is Massachusetts Governor Baker Serious about Climate and Environmental Justice? We’ll Know by Tomorrow

, Senior Bilingual Energy Analyst

En español

Update 1/15/2021 at 1:58 pm: In an unnecessary and disappointing move, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill that would have strengthened the state’s carbon emissions goals and stop perpetuating environmental injustices. Read our press statement here!

A crucial bill to address climate change and advance environmental justice in the Commonwealth is waiting to be signed by Governor Baker before midnight on January 14 (just HOURS left!). This bill, “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” (S2995), is the result of years of work, discussions, negotiations and a lot of effort from a myriad of organizations, legislators, coalitions and in general, people that care about a healthy and livable world for current and future generations.

The news is that there is a big risk that the governor could simply veto the bill—including by just neglecting to sign it (a “pocket veto”).

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Should the Electric Grid Be Antiracist?

, Senior Energy Analyst

The electric grid is an inanimate object, but we can document the racist outcomes the grid produces. Here are some ways we can make it antiracist. Read more >

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