Below you will find useful resources from CJA member organizations, government agencies, and other organizations to help grassroots organizations understand the Clean Power Plan, State Implementation Plans, and Just Transition and how they can take action. Resources are grouped by the following categories:
An Environmental Justice community response to the EPA Clean Power Plan.
Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) has issued a frontline Environmental Justice (EJ) community response to the CPP, called the Our Power Plan. It identifies what in the Clean Power Plan is helpful and harmful for families and communities. It presents clear and specific strategies for implementing the Clean Power Plan in a way that will truly benefit our families’ health and our country’s economy.
- Our Power Plan
- Day of Action Organizing Toolkit
- Storify overview of the Day of Action: On January 19, the Climate Justice Alliance organized 10 different actions at the EPA regional offices to deliver the Our Power Plan, an environmental justice perspective on the Clean Power Plan. It was just the beginning of more CJA work on the CPP. Check out some highlights from all 10 regions!
- Photos from the Day of Action
- Press Release 1/18/2016
- Press Release 1/12/2016
Powerpoint (CJA/Center for Community Change)
Includes an overview of the CPP and opportunities for organizing on the CPP in the state or regional planning processes
The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) was founded by a group of researchers, educators and community activists who saw the need to affirm and revitalize principles of democracy and social justice in energy and environmental policy.
Clean Power Plan Overview
Resources from CEED to address the CPP.
CPP Training PowerPoint, Toolkit, Handouts and more
CEED conducted a training on the Clean Power Plan for the national Climate Justice Alliance in November 2015. The CEED workshop on the Clean Power Plan provided community members with a deeper understanding of what this rule means for power plants in environmental justice communities.This toolkit describes key elements of the CPP within the context of the power system, pathways for implementation, and challenges to maximize environmental justice for locally impacted communities.
What Power Plants will be affected near me?
Interactive map of 3,000 power plants nationwide of which the Clean Power Plan will regulate carbon emissions.
CPP Participation and Implementation Timeline
The Clean Power Plan has been developed over multiple years and provides interim and long-term goals for States to finalize plans and demonstrate carbon reductions. While States have flexibility to achieve their assigned emissions goals over multiple years, they must follow the same timeline for reporting to EPA.
What is my State’s Emissions Targets?
Each State is assigned a target carbon emissions based on a calculation of current makeup of power plants - find out your state’s target here.
What State agencies are near me?
State pollution regulators are responsible for completing their State Implementation Plan (SIP) in consultation with each state’s energy regulators. Use this page to find local agency contacts to learn more about your state’s process.
- Clean Power Comments from CEED to the EPA
- CEIP Comments from CEED to the EPA
- Handout: Why must Environmental Justice be part of the CPP?
- CPP Community Engagement Factsheet
GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.
The Labor Network for Sustainability was founded in 2009 based on an understanding that long-term sustainability cannot be achieved without environmental protection, economic fairness, and social justice. LNS helps workers and environmentalists engage in order to help our society address the deepening crises of climate and inequality. LNS believes we all need a livelihood and we all need a livable planet.
LNS believes the CPP can be implemented in ways that maximize the gains for climate protection by constructing broad coalitions that include environmentalists, trade unions, and social justice advocates around common interest in protecting the climate and maximizing positive jobs impacts. Those coalitions can pursue state plans that embody the synergism among jobs, worker and community protection, environmental justice, and climate protection objectives. With strong alliances built around effective unifying plans, LNS and its partners can be a powerful force in shaping state plans. This toolkit provides resources to help win such plans.
The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change (The EJ Forum) is a national coalition of 41 environmental justice organizations (Coordinated by WE ACT for Environmental Justice) working together to advance climate justice and impact policy to ensure the protection and promotion of communities of color and low-income communities throughout the U.S.
Clean Power Plan Toolkit
To make sure that the plans are created and implemented in an equitable way, EJ Leadership Forum created this website to help community members join in their campaign to educate, empower and engage their community to fight to bring clean air and clean energy to your homes.
Background on the Clean Power Plan
- What is the Clean Power Plan
- Understanding the Clean Air Act
- Faith and Clean Power Plan
- What is an EJ Analysis
- Recommendations for Final Rule
Fact Sheets and Reports
- What is EJ
- Environmental Justice Terms & Definitions
- Illinois Fact Sheet
- Kentucky Fact Sheet
- Louisiana Fact Sheet
- Michigan Fact Sheet
- Mississippi Fact Sheet
- South Carolina Fact Sheet
- Critical Web Resources Clean Power Plan
- Carbon Pricing Basics
- The Fallacy Of Carbon
State Comment Summaries from EJ Leadership Forum
- Connecticut State Clean Power Plan Comment Summaries
- Kentucky State Clean Power Plan Comment Summaries
- Mississippi State Clean Power Plan Comment Summaries
- New Jersey State Clean Power Plan Comment Summaries
- New York State Clean Power Plan Comment Summaries
Emissions, Environmental, & Health Data to Begin an EJ Analysis
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality 2014 Air Quality Data Summary
Final recommendations for the rule and Partner Comments from EJ Leadership Forum
Letters of Support
EJ Forum Member Comments
- Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy CPP Comments
- Center on Race, Poverty & Environmental Justice CPP Comment
- Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
- New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance CPP Final Comments
- Sierra Club Environmental Law Program, on behalf of Sierra Club and Earthjustice
- WE ACT for Environmental Justice CPP Comments
CPP and State Implementation Plans Community Engagement Resources
- Environmental Justice State Guidance: How to Incorporate Equity & Justice into Your State Clean Power Planning Approach (from EJ Leadership Forum)
- Roadmap to Engage in State Advocacy
- Organizing Around The Clean Power Plan
- Who to Contact in Your States
- Stakeholder Chart
- Clean Power Plan Public Hearing Dates updated 11/24/2015
- National Conference of State Legislature: States Reactions to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
- Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the U.S.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts
- Making the CPP Equitable: The Importance of Analysis, Engagement and Evaluation
- EJ Forum Federal Implementation Plan Talking Points
- Assisting Congress to Better Understand Environmental Justice
- (DRAFT) Talking Points for EJ State Guidance version 1
Green For All works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.Our goal is to make sure people of color have a place and a voice in the climate movement. That our neighborhoods are strong, resilient, and healthy. That as the clean energy economy grows, it brings jobs and opportunity to our communities. Neighborhood activists. National organizations. Hip Hop Artists. Clergy. Elected officials. Business leaders and civil rights advocates. Green For All works with the best and brightest in America to fight for a healthy environment and strong communities.
The Clean Power For All Policy Innovation Center offers effective starting points for developing state plans that take on issues of fairness and inclusion for low-income communities and communities of color.
Currently available toolkits:
- Invest in Frontline Communities
- Community Engagement
- Make Polluters Pay
- Create Good Jobs
- Just Transition
- False Solutions
People's Action is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organizing.
“The Clean Power Plan: A Narrative Power Analysis” from People’s Action
As part of NPA’s strategy, Communications Lead Jacob Swenson-Lengyel undertook a narrative power analysis* of media coverage of the Clean Power Plan. The aim of the analysis was to uncover the key elements of the narrative that currently surrounds the Clean Power Plan and identify strategic points of intervention to better guide our communications strategy. The report includes an analysis of 154 media pieces about the Clean Power Plan over a five month period.
One of the most important things NPA found is that the fossil fuel industry has inserted prominent talking points into their messaging about the impact of the Clean Power Plan on people of color and low- to moderate- income people, while advocates of the plan tend to talk about the benefits in broad terms, rarely referencing race or communities of color. NPA believes that in order to win a plan that ensures equity together with sustainability, advocates must shift the way they talk, and NPA has given specific recommendations in this study.
The New School Blog and White Papers are meant to foster the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities.
Achieving emissions reductions for environmental justice communities through climate change mitigation policy by Nicky Sheats, PhD
This paper focuses on emissions reductions for EJ communities under the Clean Power Plan in particular as well as climate change mitigation policy in general and argues that these reductions should be both mandatory and planned.
Environmental Justice and the clean power plan: The Case of Energy Efficiency by Cecelia Martinez, PhD
The purpose of this paper is to provide an outline of environmental justice (EJ) issues of the CPP, specifically with respect to energy efficiency.
Garbage, Power, and Environmental Justice: The Clean Power Plan Rule by Ana Isabel Baptista, PhD, Kumar Kartik Amarnath, MS.
Includes an overview of incineration and the CPP and recommendations for stakeholders to weigh in on State Implementation Plans with respect to waste incineration and environmental justice.
On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes action on climate change. The process for creating and implementing the CPP is being led by the EPA, the U.S. government agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment.
August 3, 2015 – Clean Power Plan Final Rule
EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan Rule to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants
- State-specific fact sheets
- Clean Power Plan Toolbox for States
- Clean Power Plan for Communities
- Carbon Pollution Standards for New, Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants
- Clean Power Plan Final Rule - Federal Register - October 23, 2015
- Regulatory Impact Analysis: Clean Power Plan Final Rule
- Technical support and legal documents
- Fact sheets:
- Overview of the Clean Power Plan: Cutting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
- Clean Power Plan: Key Changes and Improvements
- By the Numbers: Cutting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
- Benefits of a Cleaner, More Efficient Power Sector
- Components of the Clean Power Plan: Setting State Goals to Cut Carbon Pollution
- The Role of States: States Decide How to Meet Their Goal
- Built on a Solid Legal and Scientific Foundation
- Clean Energy Now and in the Future
- Clean Energy Incentive Program
- Energy Efficiency in the Clean Power Plan
- Keeping Energy Affordable and Reliable
- Opportunities for Nuclear Power
- Renewable Energy in the Clean Power Plan
- Key Topics
- Clean Power Plan Blog Post: Power Plant Compliance and State Goals
- Press Release
August 3, 2015 – Proposed Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan
EPA proposed a federal plan for the Clean Power Plan that will also serve as a model rule for states developing their state plans.
- Proposed Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan (About PDF) – Federal Register - October 23, 2015
- Regulatory Impact Analysis: Proposed Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan
- Technical Support Documents
- Fact sheets:
- Public hearings
Clean Power Plan Toolbox for States, Tribes, and Territories
Resources to help states, tribes and territories develop plans
Clean Power Plan Community Page
Information and resources for communities to get involved in the state plan process
Upcoming and recorded webinars that provide background for states as they develop their plans
- Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) webinar
Air Pollution Training Institute
These courses provide information primarily for air regulators, air quality professionals, energy professionals, community members, and others interested in learning more about EPA’s regulations under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. power sector.
A list of the steps and efforts undertaken by President Obama to address climate change.