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.
As part of its Community Resiliency campaign, NYC-EJA has taken the following actions:
- Released the report, NYC Climate Justice Agenda: Strengthening the Mayor's OneNYC Plan
- Engaged local communities in creating a comprehensive climate resiliency agenda that will strengthen both the physical and social resiliency of the South Bronx Significant Maritime and Industrial Area
- Worked with NY Renews, a coalition of community-based organizations, environmental justice groups, labor unions, faith groups, business leaders, and other advocates from across the state working together to demand healthy communities, good jobs, 100% clean energy, environmental justice, and worker protection
- Developed the ten-point "Climate Works for All" agenda in collaboration with environmental justice, faith, labor, and economic and social justice groups
Participated in the Sandy Regional Assembly to strategize how government officials should implement a Sandy rebuilding program, resulting in the Sandy Regional Assembly Recovery Agenda and an analysis of Mayor Bloomberg’s SIRR Report
Another major campaign, the Waterfront Justice Project, is a citywide community-based resiliency campaign focused on helping to identify innovative strategies to build climate resilient industrial waterfronts in designated Significant Maritime Industrial Areas.
- Emergency preparedness
- Land use and built environment
- Public health
- Frontline Communities