This white paper aims to be a practical resource for utility companies to identify environmental justice implications in the development of renewable energy and battery storage facilities, and to consider both challenges and opportunities in addressing these concerns. While it is not an exhaustive compilation of all the ways in which environmental, health, economic, or social burdens might affect communities, it suggests approaches that can be implemented to identify relevant communities and engage with actual community concerns.
People of color and low-income communities in the United States are often disproportionately, adversely affected by, or under included in the benefits from, decisions made under environmental, land use and other laws, regulations and public policies or by their application and enforcement. Members of such impacted and disadvantaged communities have recognized as, “Environmental Racism” or “Environmental Injustice,” actions taken under these legal authorities that result in disproportionate impacts or inequitable distribution of benefits based on race.
(Washington, D.C.): The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Howard University School of Law, with the generous support of the True Costs Initiative, are proud to announce the Environmental Justice Clerkship at ELI, a new clerkship program designed to train, mentor, and ultimately retain more law students of color in the field of environmental law while advancing meaningful environmenta
ELI and Howard University School of Law, with the generous support of the True Costs Initiative, are proud to announce the Environmental Justice Clerkship at ELI, a new clerkship program designed to train, mentor, and ultimately retain more law students of color in the field of environmental law while advancing meaningful environmental justice efforts.
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Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Social Movements Resources
Identifying Strategies for Corporate Environmental Justice
Through robust corporate sustainability standards and environmental management programs, corporations are playing an increasingly significant role in environmental governance. Ensuring that environmental justice is considered throughout corporate decision-making is crucial to protecting the environmental health of communities affected by corporate operations. This project researches innovative strategies for responsible and effective corporate actions for environmental justice.
About this Initiative
In the past 50 years, environmental law has made great strides in improving public health and environmental quality in the United States. However, people of color and low-income communities are still are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards.