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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI)

The Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI), developed by the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, is a publicly available tool for assessing social vulnerability. County-level socioeconomic and demographic data collected from 2006 to 2010 were used to construct the index of social vulnerability to environmental hazards for the United States.   

Related Organizations: University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet

2011

This paper summarizes a workshop held as part of the February 2011 Coal Retirement Conference that focused on how environmental organizations and frontline communities could more effectively work together. The report highlights several challenges that have stymied mutual collaboration in the past, and some core actions that can support more effective partnerships going forward. While not specific to climate adaptation, these lessons are certainly applicable to those working on equitable adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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King County, Washington Ordinance 16948 and Equity Impact Review Process

October 11, 2010

Ordinance 16948, commonly referred to as King County’s Equity and Social Justice Ordinance, establishes definitions and directs implementation steps related to the “fair and just” principle of the adopted 2010-2014 countywide strategic plan. These steps include: applying “equity and social justice foundational practices” to county actions, plans, systems, and budgets; establishing an interbranch team to facilitate accountability and coordination; and releasing an annual equity report.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Vulnerability and Climate Change in the U.S. Southeast

Oxfam America is funding programs in Louisiana and elsewhere in the Southeastern U.S. to help those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to adapt and be better prepared. The goal of this project is to bring a fuller understanding of social vulnerabilities due to climate change in the U.S. southeast region to the public through a multidisciplinary examination of risks, hazards, and disaster.

Related Organizations: Oxfam America, University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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NAACP Climate Justice Initiative Toolkit

2010

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Climate Justice Initiative (CJI) is an element of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program - designed to provide tools and resources for social equity in climate mitigation and adaptation planning. 

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

2010

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to educate and mobilize communities to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color in the United States and around the world. NAACP explains that race - even more than class - is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country; while communities of color and low income communities are often the hardest hit by climate change.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Green Equity Toolkit

November 2009

This toolkit includes principles, goals, outcomes, strategies, indicators, and examples that can inform best practices for making race, gender, and economic equity a priority in green-collar job creation. While not specific to adaptation, this toolkit provides guidance for considering equity in green job initiatives more broadly. 

Related Organizations: Race Forward

Authors or Affiliated Users: Yvonne Yen Liu, Terry Keleher

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

July 2009

This assessment and policy report argues that climate change has important justice and human right implications because poor neighborhoods and people of color will suffer more than other segments of the population, creating what they call “the climate gap”. Using data from California, the authors write about how vulnerable populations will be adversely affected by climate change, exacerbating current inequities.  While the report includes policy recommendations for the whole nation, it is a reaction to public health, equity, and regulatory issues pertinent to The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in California that was implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Morello-Frosh, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Seth B. Shonkoff

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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HHS Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

August 1, 1999

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides formula grants to states to help low-income households pay for their home energy needs, including weatherization and energy efficiency (CFDA Program Number 93. 568). It especially focuses on assisting households where a high percentage of income is spent on energy costs. The program has helped insulate the homes of millions of families using low-cost techniques that have large payoffs, saving money for those families and curtailing U.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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