The main objective of this retreat was to assess the extent to which the existing environmental justice (EJ) centers are meeting the technical, training, research, and legal needs of communities and the EJ movement. Participants included DSCEJ staff, community advisory board members and representatives from other EJ centers and organizations. Retreat activities were carefully designed to facilitate participation from all attendees.
The program included group discussions, brainstorming and presentations to familiarize the attendees of the Center’s activities and the collaborative efforts occurring among the EJ centers throughout the country. In addition, these program activities helped to identify areas that the EJ movement should focus its efforts in order to make an even greater impact on the promotion of environmental justice. Areas identified and prioritized by the groups included the need to dismantle racism, extend training and mentoring programs, develop a national EJ curriculum that targets multiple audiences, and the establishment of a training institute with climate justice and clean production components.