Climate Justice at the 2016 EcoDistricts Summit

This September 13-15, the EcoDistricts Summit comes to Denver, CO, and Summit attendees will spend two and a half days digging deep into how to build the equitable, vibrant cities of tomorrow.

Equity comes in many forms, from bottom-up community engagement, to urban design and policy that promotes health and wellbeing in communities. Equity also means mitigating the impact fossil fuel emissions have on vulnerable communities. Here’s a highlight of a Summit Studio sessions that will help Summit attendees expand their Equity toolbox to achieve just success in their urban regeneration projects.

 

A Just Transition to Clean Energy and Climate Resilience

The United States’ coal-fired power plants are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color. According to the NAACP, more than 75% of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal fired plant and are twice as likely to die of asthma-related complications of coal emissions than white Americans. Today, environmental justice leaders are exploring how the EPA’s Clean Power Plan can be applied at the neighborhood scale to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in marginalized communities.

This Studio will explore how communities can implement the federal Clean Power Plan in a manner that not only mitigates climate change but also prioritizes neighborhood-scale clean energy options and green job opportunities in environmental justice communities. Through a roundtable discussion, session participants will be invited to examine the role that policy-makers, practitioners, civic organizations, researchers and community development experts can play in the just transition to clean energy and climate resilience.

Learn more about climate justice – join us at the Summit! Space for the 2016 EcoDistricts Summit is limited. Reserve your spot by June 30 to take advantage of our early bird discount registration.

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