Environmental Justice

“Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”

-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

According to the U.S. EPA, “Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies.

Meaningful involvement means:

  • People have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health
  • The public’s contribution can influence the regulatory agency’s decision
  • Community concerns will be considered in the decision making process
  • Decision makers will seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected”



Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE): Programs & Campaigns; EJ Principles and Maps; Massachusetts organizations; Literature

AORTA | Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance: Workshops; Facilitations & Trainings; Consulting; Web-Based Content

Green Schools Alliance: Social Justice & Equity Resources

Learning Lab: Learning Lab is USGBC’s online education platform for K-12 teachers and school leaders to find lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Environmental Justice Resources

Massachusetts Environmental Justice Map

Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH): Publications; Policy; Initiatives; Advocacy

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental & Climate Justice Program: Reports & Toolkits; Campaigns; Publications; Webinars & Videos

National Education Association (NEA): Environmental Justice K-12 Lesson Plans 

New England Environmental Justice Research Network: EJRN facilitate community-driven research on environmental justice issues

Race Forward: Research; Media; Practice; Tools; Trainings

Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability: EJ Teaching Resources

Teaching Tolerance: Curriculum & Lessons; Learning Plans; Articles; Film Kits; Publications; Student Tasks; Professional Development

University of California, Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC): Readings & Articles; Toolkits; Activities & Workshop Materials; Community Organizations; Healing & Self-Care; Videos; Books


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