Organizations Working on Equity

Organizations that work on adaptation and social justice are listed below.

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100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, was a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supported the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks - earthquakes, fires, floods, etc. - but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis - high unemployment, endemic violence, chronic food and water shortages, etc.





AdaptNY is a digital journalism project at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The project uses innovative social networking and crowd sourcing to provide information about climate change. The project seeks to improve engagement over the issue of adaptation in NYC though a wide range of existing tools and techniques, from expansive curation to data journalism, mapping, and other original interactive and multimedia storytelling techniques. This digital-centered approach is supplemented by face-to-face workshopping hosted by CUNY and other news media partners.




AmeriCorps - Corporation for National and Community Service

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that hosts the AmeriCorps program, works to help millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.




Asian Pacific Environmental Network

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) holds the vision that all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play, and thrive. APEN was founded in 1993 and seeks to bring together a collective voice among the diverse Asian Pacific Islander communities in the US. Through a strategy which combines grassroots community organizing, civic engagement, and policy, APEN works to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social, and economic justice.




Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN)

The Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN), formed in July of 2018, is a collaboration among local governments and partnering organizations that are working together to help the San Francisco Bay Area region effectively and efficiently respond to the impacts of climate change. BayCAN focuses on issues related to water supply, sea-level rise, wastewater and stormwater management, wildfires, ecosystems, and public health, building on existing efforts and initiatives of member agencies and organizations.




Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)

The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a coalition of eleven public health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area of California that work to incorporate principles of health equity into land use and transportation planning, and actively focuses on adaptation planning in Bay Area communities. The coalition includes public health departments in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma Counties, and the City of Berkley, California.




BoCo Strong

BoCo Strong is a community resilience-building initiative that was created in the wake of the 2013 flood in Boulder County, Colorado. BoCo Strong focuses on strengthening networks and connections across governmental, geographic, social, economic, and cultural boundaries to help all the residents of Boulder County connect to the resources that they need to thrive in the face of shocks and stressors. BoCo Strong's Resilience Network includes civic, non-profit, private, faith-based, emergency management, and government representatives.




California Environmental Justice Alliance

California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is a statewide coalition of grassroots, environmental justice organizations. CEJA seeks to shift the paradigm to prioritize environmental justice communities in California’s climate policy. To do so, CEJA works to put equity at the center of the climate debate; put the most vulnerable communities in leadership roles; and reorient policy to reduce toxic hotspots, implement strong regulatory measures, and speed the transition away from fossil fuels.




Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress (CAP) is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is, in their words, "dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. " With policy teams in major issue areas, such as energy and environment, CAP seeks to inform the national policy debate and work across disciplines to tackle complex, interrelated topics. As evidenced by the resources included in the Adaptation Clearinghouse, CAP maintains a focus on equity in climate adaptation.




Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) works to ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create energy and environmental policy that is just and sustainable. CEED's objectives include: