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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The New School
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
While local zoning codes and land use policies historically have been tools for segregating people and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, community-based advocacy can transform these same tools into means for addressing cumulative burdens borne...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those without living wages or access to political power. As a result, it is necessary for climate resiliency strategies to adopt a framework of community wealth building. Cities have recently integrated more green infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level -
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change grant programs can provide multiple benefits, including improved air quality, lower electricity costs, improved health outcomes, and green job opportunities. However, these benefits often fail to reach low-income communities of color—even though these communities tend...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines a framework for mobility equity, or a transportation system that increases access to high quality mobility options, reduces air pollution, and enhances economic opportunity in low-income communities of color. Decades of local, regional, and state transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change impacts do not affect all communities in the same way. Frontline communities including low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous peoples and tribal nations, and immigrant communities suffer first and worst from climate disasters. This is due to decades...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report identifies the root causes of Baltimore’s failed and inequitable waste system, and how its impacts intersect with racial and economic justice. The Baltimore Sustainability Plan will enable the city to move towards a new system of fair development aligned with human rights...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A nation of renewable-powered, job-generating, self-reliant states is within reach – and necessary; improved renewable electricity technology would allow nearly every state to produce 100 percent of its electricity needs from local renewable sources. This report includes a series...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Urban freeways create barriers to movement within cities, institutionalize social inequities, contribute to environmental degradation, and encourage suburban sprawl. As urban freeways approach the end of their useful lives, decisions on the fate of an individual freeway will be place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Smart Growth America
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Housing, Health, Transportation & Mobility
Transportation accounts for the largest share of carbon emissions in the U.S. Car-oriented land use and community design play a significant role in the nation’s transportation emissions; communities are built in a way that makes it difficult and unsafe to access daily needs outside...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This report explores electric trucks and buses, their emissions, and the potential for job opportunities in the expanding electric heavy-duty vehicle market. The report highlights California as a leader in policies and investments to drive the adoption of electric trucks and buses....

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