Resource Clearinghouse

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:

Climate Justice Alliance - Our Power Plan

Main Page 
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.

 

CJA Member Resources

 

Center for Earth Energy & Democracy

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.

Other Resources

 

GAIA (The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)

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.

What you need to know about garbage incineration and the Clean Power Plan

 

The Labor Network for Sustainability

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.

Jobs and Justice in State Clean Power Plans: A Toolkit for Communities, Workers, and Environmentalists [Draft]

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.

 

CJA Ally Resources

 

Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change

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

Fact Sheets and Reports

State Comment Summaries from EJ Leadership Forum

Emissions, Environmental, & Health Data to Begin an EJ Analysis

Final recommendations for the rule and Partner Comments from EJ Leadership Forum

Letters of Support

Submitted comments

EJ Forum Member Comments

CPP and State Implementation Plans Community Engagement Resources

 

Green for All

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.

TheCleanPowerPlan.com

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:

 

People’s Action

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.

 

New School Blog

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.

 

Government Resources

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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. 

Clean Power Plan Main Website
Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants Main Website

Rule History

August 3, 2015 – Clean Power Plan Final Rule
EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan Rule to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants

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.

Additional Resources

 

President’s Climate Action Plan

A list of the steps and efforts undertaken by President Obama to address climate change. 


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