Organizations Working on Equity

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

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization.




Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)

NOAH, the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, is an East Boston-based community development corporation structured to collaborate with and support residents and communities in their pursuit of affordable housing strategies, environmental justice, community planning, leadership development, and economic development opportunities.




New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

Founded in 1991, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) is a non-profit, city-wide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. NYC-EJA empowers its member organizations to advocate for improved environmental conditions and against inequitable environmental burdens by the coordination of campaigns designed to inform city and state policies. NYC-EJA is led by the community-based organizations that it serves, which coalesce around specific common issues that threaten the ability for low-income communities of color to thrive.




Oakland Climate Action Coalition

The Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC) is a collaboration of more than 30 organizations striving to ensure that frontline communities benefit from efforts to address climate change in Oakland, California. Founded in 2009, OCAC has advanced its social equity and climate justice goals by engaging community-based organizations and impacted residents in climate action, adaptation, and resilience planning in Oakland. The coalition partnered with the City of Oakland to develop Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP), which was adopted in December 2012.




People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

PUSH Buffalo is a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side. The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities, and advance economic justice. PUSH Buffalo's strategies include decreasing the rate of housing abandonment through redevelopment; leading direct action campaigns; creating a replicable  model of grassroots neighborhood organizing; and managing social enterprises.




Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation, and around the world. It seeks to discover new research, strengthen key partnerships and programs, and advance sound health policies. PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities with the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change.




Puget Sound Sage

Puget Sound Sage is an organization led by majority women of color that seeks to improve the lives of all families, with a focus on serving the interests of low-income people, communities of color, immigrants, and refugees in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. In particular, Puget Sound Sage advocates for policy change at the local and regional level in Seattle, South King County, and North Pierce County. Puget Sound Sage combines strategic research, policy analysis, community organizing, and coalition-building to advance racial equity, stronger democracy, good jobs, a.




Rebuild by Design

Rebuild by Design was created to administer the Rebuild by Design Competition after Hurricane Sandy.  The competition was designed to challenge Sandy-affected communities to rebuild in ways that would build their physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. Rebuild By Design helps communities reimagine solutions for today’s large-scale, complex problems.




Rooted in Resilience

Rooted in Resilience, formerly called Bay Localize, seeks to confront the socio-economic challenges of climate instability by empowering communities to organize for basic human rights through flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities. Rooted in Resilience is committed to uplifting the voices and leadership of youth, low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous communities.




San Francisco Dept. of Public Health: Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability

The Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability is an inter-disciplinary team at the San Francisco (California) Department of Public Health that works in partnership with residents, public agencies and private organizations to advance healthy environments and social justice.