Environmental Justice and the Green Economy: A Vision Statement and Case Studies for Just and Sustainable Communities
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, Roxbury Massachusetts), Diane Takvorian (Environmental 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), 2010
This report describes a shared vision for a just and sustainable economy, and highlights grassroots environmental justice successes in our communities. We hope to stimulate discussion and build consensus around the idea that sustainability and justice must be simultaneous results; that one simply cannot happen without the other. As this report demonstrates, although environmental justice communities may have emerged from a shared opposition to unjust and polluting practices, many have moved into proactively exploring alternative energy solutions, community driven decision making, and urban design discussions with partners in the public and private sectors. These solutionbased approaches are aimed not only at minimizing environmental degradation, but also building community political power and enhancing overall quality of life. This report concludes with detailed recommendations for policy makers at all levels.