Organizations Working on Equity

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

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Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is the Seattle, Washington's water utility, and provides drinking water and wastewater treatment. SPU collaborates with the scientific community and water utilities locally, nationally, and internationally to enhance its knowledge of potential climate impacts and capacity to prepare. SPU has also strongly emphasized community engagement and equity issues through the creation of a variety of organizations and programs.




Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities, which are guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.




The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3. 1 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, in the suburb community of Troy. The Foundation partners with those committed to the needs of poor individuals and communities, including small, mid-size and large nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and the public and private sectors.   Kresge has seven programs -- Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services -- each with long-term goals and strategies to guide grantmaking and investing.




The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences

Rising Voices is a global community of engaged Indigenous leaders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental experts, students, and scientific professionals, including representatives from tribal, local, state, and federal resource management agencies, academia, tribal colleges, and research organizations. The program is co-administered by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR|NCAR) and the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network, in partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University, the Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.




The Solutions Project

The Solutions Project seeks to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. To achieve this mission, it engages the public, celebrates and convenes leaders, and advances partnerships and policies. The Solutions Project implements their integrated model at the state level to help ensue all people can access the benefits of clean energy including jobs and improved health. The Solutions Project works to connect business, community, and government in target states like New York, California, and Iowa to support policies that increase the pace and scale of change and ensure all people benefit from healthy, affordable, and stable energy.




U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN)

The U. S. Climate Action Network (USCAN) is a network of organizations active in climate change work. Its mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action. Founded in 1989, USCAN fosters and facilitates collaborative efforts to share information, coordinate activities, and develop strategies across diverse organizations and constituencies. USCAN members are united by their common goals to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, to increase climate resiliency, to inspire the United States’ positive leadership in international forums to secure equitable, effective climate policies and to support on-the-ground implementation of climate solutions.





Founded in 1966, the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE) is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally recognized community organization, UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood through community organizing, education, indigenous and youth leadership development, and cultural/artistic expression. UPROSE advocates to ensure meaningful community engagement, participatory community planning practices, and sustainable development with justice and governmental accountability.




University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Established in 2007, the University of Southern California (USC) Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) is a research unit situated within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building.  PERE seeks to conduct research that is relevant to public policy concerns, that is rapidly responsive to the immediate needs of community partners, and that reaches directly-affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion.




WE ACT for Environmental Justice

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. 




Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (EPA)

The EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center provides financial advice to communities for planning, design, and construction decisions related to water utility infrastructure. Founded in January, 2015, the Center seeks to promote effective use of federal funding programs and innovative procurement and partnership strategies, among other goals. The center supports a government-wide effort to increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth.