New England Environmental Justice Forum

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Welcome to the New England Environmental Justice Forum wiki, hosted by The Forum is comprised of many organizations and individuals that are working on environmental justice issues in New England. We are working to create a structured way for environmental justice activists and professionals in New England to come together, to share ideas, and learn from each other. The New England Environmental Justice Forum (NEEJF) brought together activists from southern New England at trainings held in Boston and Hartford, and brought more people together at two day-long Environmental Justice Summits at Clark University, Worcester, MA, on July 20, 2013 and June 9, 2012. We're always planning the next event to bring together those passionate about achieving environmental justice!

Core Partners:

* New England Environmental Justice Summit 2014 *

When: Friday, October 17, Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, 2014
Where: Saint James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London, CT
Details: Registration is now closed: [].

Goals of the New England Environmental Justice Summit 2014:


Continued Success and Strengthened Relationships at the 2014 EJ Summit

Members and supporters of the New England EJ Forum came together for the fourth EJ Summit in New London, CT to continue relationship building and share knowledge. Nearly 100 people participated to learn from community members and enjoy delicious local food.

Workshop topics included coal plants and what's next, natural gas pipelines, the People's Climate March, food justice, community benefits agreements, transit justice, health equity, and anti-gentrification. Other highlights included a panel and group discussion on environmental justice victories, a Mayoral Proclamation on Environmental Justice, a community celebration, and a multi-faith service. We ran a low-waste event and celebrated the local work in Connecticut.

The EJ Summit strengthened the identity of the New England EJ Forum and built connections between EJ groups in the region. Additionally, we discussed the EJ Research Network

Strong Turnout for Rhode Island EJ Summit - November 9, 2013

Members and supporters of the New England EJ Forum came together last Saturday for the first Rhode Island EJ Summit, in our work to continue relationship building and share knowledge. Nearly 100 people participated to learn from community members and enjoy delicious local food.

Workshop topics included sustainability, energy justice, food justice and racial profiling, strategies for healthy urban land and water, and a separate track for children ages 6-12. Participants created an EJ map of New England to show current and future work, past victories and our favorite spots around New England. Other highlights included a panel and group discussion on resiliency to climate change and various spoken word and dance performances. The host, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, ran a low-waste event that included ferrying attendees up from the train station on a bus that runs on vegetable oil.

The EJ Summit strengthened the identity of the New England EJ Forum and built connections between EJ groups in the region. Additionally, we convened a committee to work out logistics for the EJ Researchers Network. If you are interested in being on the planning committee for next year’s New England EJ Summit, scheduled for the summer or fall of 2014, please email us at moc.liamg|murofjeen#moc.liamg|murofjeen. Thank you to everyone joining our first Rhode Island EJ Summit!

EJ Summit, Worcester, MA - July 20, 2013

We had a blast at the 2013 Summit and hope you did too! Thank you to everyone who made it possible! The 2013 Summit was held Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 10am - 3:00pm, at Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA. The New England EJ Summit is a day-long summit connecting community activists and residents, EJ advocates, lawyers, and policymakers from all six New England States who are interested in the environment and public health in low income communities and communities of color. The inaugural summit was a day-long event on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Participants explored environmental justice topics in workshops led by community and other experts, and by meeting others who work on similar issues or share common concerns. Click here to read notes from the morning workshops. Click here to read notes from our afternoon discussions at the EJ Summit. To see photos from the EJ Summit, click here.

Webinar Series

The Forum's Webinar Series provides an inclusive discussion space allowing activists, advocates, and professionals from near and far to meet and consider the challenging topics that face us today. Currently planned webinar subjects include climate change adaptation, energy justice, state environmental justice laws, food justice, and many more. Webinars are not recorded. Our next webinar will be in December 2013 on Vacant Lots and Food Justice.

  • Energy Justice, Part 2: How are communities fighting to reduce the public safety, public health, and environmental impacts of power plants and biofuels in their neighborhoods (PDF) Our fourth webinar on September 25, 2013 featured Dan Fischer from the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, who discussed the Bridgeport Anti-Coal campaign, and Kim Foltz and John Walkey from the Chelsea Creek Action Group, who discussed preventing the transportation of ethanol by rail through densely populated communities in Greater Boston. Webinar presentations here and here.
  • Statewide EJ Legislation (PDF) Our August 14, 2013 webinar featured Steve Fischbach of Rhode Island Legal Services and Dr. Mark Mitchell, to discuss environmental justice legislation. Webinar presentations: here and here (PowerPoint format). Date and Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:00 PM-5:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada). Here are supporting materials on the topic of state environmental justice legislation:

National Reports

  1. 50 State Survey of Environmental Justice Laws (2010 is latest version)
  2. Environmental Justice for States (2006) (outlines options for EJ laws and policies)

Connecticut EJ Law Supporting Documents

  1. CT Environmental Justice Law (2009)
  2. CT Environmental Justice Public Participation Guidelines

Rhode Island School Siting Law Supporting Documents

  1. Court Order Establishing Stakeholder Group (2006)
  2. Second Court Order Directing DEM to finish work of Stakeholder Group (2008)
  3. RI Law on Environmental Equity and Public Participation (1995, Amended 2006)
  4. RI EJ Policy in Contaminated Site Cleanups (June 2009)
  5. RI School Siting Law passed in 2012
  6. RI School Siting Law passed in 2013

Massachusetts EJ Policy

  1. Massachusetts EJ Policy (2002)
  • Energy Justice, Part 1: How are communities helping themselves be more energy efficient and addressing the specific energy challenges of low-income households? (PDF) (June 5, 2013.) Our second webinar featured Alex Papali from Clean Water Action (Boston) and the Green Justice Coalition, and Koby Owusu-Ansah and Benito Vega from the Regional Environmental Council and Weatherize Worcester. Webinar presentation: here, and here (PowerPoint format). Minutes of the Webinar are available here. Due to technical problems a recording of this webinar is not available.
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Creating Resilient Communities in the Face of a Changing Climate (PDF) (May 1, 2013). Our inaugural webinar, Climate Change Adaptation featured Odin Tidemand and the Rev. Bob Murphy of the Falmouth Clergy Association on Cape Cod, MA, and Mike Roles and Aanchal Saraf, members of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island in Providence, RI. Webinar presentation: here. Minutes of the Webinar are available here (.doc). Due to technical problems a recording of this webinar is not available.

All are welcome at our webinars. So, dial in and join us!

EJ Resources Directory

It's easy to believe you're working on your own, especially when you're tasked with mastering grassroots organizing, fundraising, and manouevering the legal system to boot. The NEEJ Resources Directory changes that, providing details of other organizations throughout New England who are doing the same good work as you, and listing resources - legal, funding, and technical - that can help you. To view the Directory, click here.

Join Us at the NEEJ Forum

Keep in touch with your fellow activists and advocates working in New England in the way that works for you! Join us at one or all of the NEEJ Forum at Wikidot, on Facebook, or sign up for the NEEJF Google Group]!

Featured Articles

2013 Summit Report

The July 20, 2013, New England Environmental Justice Summit was a success! There were over 100 people in attendance from 4 different states. Thank you everyone who attended, we hope to see you all again soon at future events. To learn about upcoming events click here.

The EJ Summit started with a fun ice breaker followed by a panel of individuals working to achieve environmental justice. The panelists responded to questions including: What is environmental justice? What is the future of the EJ movement?

Following the panel, participants separated into three different breakout sessions: Building a multigenerational campaign: examples of food justice & more; Creating resilient communities in the face of a changing climate; and Sharing lessons learned from community organizing.

After lunch there were small table discussions on the future of EJ Forum. Participants responded to these questions: How do we stay connected? What do we want to accomplish together as the EJ Forum? Should we/how do we organize New England Environmental Justice Researchers Network? What strategies do we use to get EJ legislation at the state level?

The Forum was a great chance to meet and connect with others who share an interest and devotion to Environmental Justice. Thank you for being a part of this important event!

New England EJ Resource Directory - Now in Downloadable PDF Format!

The New England EJ Resource Directory features environmental-justice organizations in New England and organizations with EJ projects, in addition to legal, technical, and funding resources. The Directory is now available in PDF format for use offline! Visit the EJ Directory page to download, or click here.

EJ Blogging

How Online Collaboration Can Help Environmental Justice Groups Succeed May 30, 2012
Worcester Group Blazing Trails for Food Justice June 13, 2012

New England EJ Discussion Forum

Comments on the Summit? Additions you want to propose for the EJ Directory? Projects you need help getting off the ground? Post all about it on the Discussion Forum!

New England EJ Calendar

Come join us at the next event! (PDF).

EJ News

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