Organizations Working on Equity

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

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Green For All

Green For All's mission is to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty by catalyzing action, convening leaders, and communicating solutions. Green for All seeks to ensure that people of color and low-income communities have a place and voice in the climate movement, live in resilient neighborhoods, and have access to new jobs and opportunities in the clean energy economy.  .




Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy (GCCLP) is a non-profit public interest law firm and justice center focusing equity and justice in the Gulf South states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas). GCCLP provides trainings, programs, and services focusing on climate justice, migrants rights, land sovereignty, and economic opportunity for those communities that are on the frontlines of climate change. 




Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to inform decision-making about community development, land management, and natural resources management in the West. A related goal is improving the transparency and accountability of these decisions.




Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. Since 1966, Hewlett Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The Foundation's Environment Program makes grants to protect people and places threatened by a warming planet by conserving the North American West, expanding clean energy, and addressing climate change globally.




Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) - International

The Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International (ISET-International) collaborates with local partners to build resilience and catalyze adaptation to social and environmental change.  ISET-International particularly focuses on strategies that address the fundamental challenges confronted by marginalized populations and those who lack the resources to adapt.  ISET-International brings together theoretical and scientific insights with social engagement, local knowledge, and shared learning to identify practical strategies at the local level and to foster the growth of applied knowledge.




JPB Foundation

JPB Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of communities by creating opportunities for those living in poverty, enabling pioneering medical research, and enriching and sustaining our environment. The goal of the Environment program is to enable healthy and resilient communities through environmental sustainability, given the measurable impacts on the well-being of human and natural systems.  The JPB Foundation has initially explored the energy system, with a focus on low-income housing and how retrofits of this housing stock can enable healthy and resilient communities.




Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) was founded in 1994 by public school parents who learned about the potential exposure of their children to health risks during school renovations at Joseph E. Gary Elementary in Chicago, Illinois. The mission of LVEJO is to organize within the community to accomplish environmental justice in Chicago's Little Village and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families. Building upon successful clean power, public transit, and open space campaigns, LVEJO remains committed to organizing with those most impacted by industrialization and climate change.




Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, or "COG", convenes area governments and other stakeholders to identify, discuss, and resolve critical issues in the National Capital Region. COG helps develop regional strategies in the environment, affordable housing, growth and development, public health, child welfare, public safety, homeland security, and transportation sectors.




Movement Generation

The Movement Generation (MG) Justice & Ecology Project engages in movement-building, training, analysis, and outreach to promote the restoration of land, labor, and culture. MG describes itself as being "rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies."




Movement Strategy Center

The Movement Strategy Center engages traditionally marginalized populations and their leaders in building an ecosystem of grassroots organizations that share values, respond to community needs, advance policy solutions, and transform lives. The Center is strengthening the capabilities of an emerging network of leaders, experts, and organizations to advance a socially-just climate-resilience framework, influence the broader conversation on climate change, and accelerate community-driven approaches to municipal and regional climate-planning processes.