Community Environmental Health and Justice Program
The Environmental Law Institute’s Community Environmental Health and Justice Program works with grassroots, community-based organizations and advocates to address challenges to their environment and health -- in particular challenges stemming from exposure to pollution and insufficient involvement in decision-making. ELI does this by:
- advancing effective implementation of environmental laws and regulations designed to protect community health and environment and ensure public participation in government decision-making;
- providing education and training to grassroots community leaders and environmental justice advocates to strengthen their efforts to protect community health and environment;
- developing and implementing programs that foster community and stakeholder involvement in all levels of government; and
- promoting dialogue and collaborative problem-solving in government and private sector decision-making and use of government information.
Major prorgram activities have included:
Using Environmental Laws and Alternative Dispute Resolution to Address Environmental Justice: This project has helped grassroots community organization leaders understand how they can use the non-litigation opportunities, rules and tools provided by environmental laws and alternative dispute resolution (ELADR) to achieve environmental justice (EJ).
The Community Environmental Law Initiative: Initiated in 1994, this partnership between ELI and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice worked to demystify environmental law, providing workshops and other educational resources in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico to help grassroots activists participate in law and policy decisions and processes that affect communities.
For decades, ELI has trained community leaders in the skills needed to engage effectively in decision-making affecting public and environmental health in their neighborhoods. Training materials are essential to reinforce the information provided during training workshops. ELI has developed numerous educational documents and training tools related to environmental justice and community health.
ELI has collected its publications for community members at the Community Resource Center.
Contact Senior Attorney Lisa Goldman for more information about ELI's environmental justice work .