Community Engagement & Advocacy

The partnership called "Communiversity" promotes bilateral understanding and mutual respect between community residents and academicians. 

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Health & Safety Training

In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

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Gulf Equity Consortium

We expect that the work of this project will be transformative and will be guided by the nexus of three basic principles forming the foundation for our work...

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Research and Policy

We develop and manage innovative research and policy studies that build knowledge and inform policies for achieving environmental, climate and economic justice...

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HBCU Climate Change Consortium

The Consortium was conceived to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities to develop HBCU students leaders...

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International Connection

A vital component and ever expanding network of Environmental Justice professionals.

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The Latest

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University have launched a unique collaboration - the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium.

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Navigate NOLA

Navigate NOLA is the social and emotional community wellness division of DSCEJ Inc.

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Jul 16, 2019

Energy Future New Orleans (EFNO) Submits Community Led Plan for Renewable Portfolio Standard Energy Plan in the Gulf South

New Orleans, LA - July 16, 2019 -  On the heels of what many expected to be an historic weather event in the City of New Orleans, a coalition of local and national groups and businesses submitted a sweeping proposal aimed at transforming the current energy system in the city to 100% renewable energy by 2040.  Hurricane Barry served as a reminder that resilience is intertwined with the fate of New Orleans, and that renewable energy as well as equity are the keys to its long term survival. This innovative proposal represents not only a first for New Orleans, but also for the Gulf South, and was developed through community input to ensure equity, reduced cost of electric bills, and lasting environmental benefits. The Coalition filed their proposal with the Clerk of Council on Monday, July 15th as a part of a formal City Council proceeding. ​ The Resilient and Renewable Portfolio Standard​ Portfolio Standard (R-RPS), developed by the Energy Future New Orleans coalition, establishes a comprehensive path for the City of New Orleans to reach 100% renewable energy by the year 2040, and to reach that target by addressing the greatest challenges faced by residents. Among these challenges are some of the highest energy costs in the country for low and moderate income households, and the ever present demands of the city to be resilient during frequent extreme weather events and power outages. Energy poverty is already a problem in New Orleans, with some customers paying as much as 23% of their income on Entergy bills. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these costs as extreme weather events push temperatures higher. Click Here to Continue Reading...

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Aug 15, 2019

Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

https://ajustclimate.org/ For the first time, a group 100 environmental justice and national environmental groups have come together to advance an equitable and just national climate platform. This historic, bold platform -- which can be found at AJustClimate.org -- highlights priority outcomes for a national climate policy agenda.  The platform advances the goals of economic, racial, climate and environmental justice to improve the public health and wellbeing of all communities, while tackling the climate crisis. Systemic racism and injustice has left economically disadvantaged communities, tribal communities and communities of color exposed to the highest levels of toxic pollution, and the most vulnerable people subject to more powerful storms and floods, more intense heat waves, more deadly wildfires, more devastating droughts, and other threats from the climate crisis threats. These communities  also have the least resources to prepare for and recover from the effects of the climate crisis, including more extreme weather. Compounding the pollution burden in these communities is growing income inequality, which is dividing our nation. The wealthiest few amass vast resources while leaving most people behind. This is a critical moment to define bold and equitable climate solutions that address the legacy of environmental racism, while rebuilding our economy in ways that work for everyone, not just the wealthy few.  This historic platform lays out our shared vision, our goals, and our commitment to work together as partners and allies so that we can -- and will -- achieve these goals together. By advancing this bold platform together, we hope that it will draw support from presidential candidates and policy-makers from all parties, and other partners and allies.   We propose to: Enact solutions that address the legacy of pollution: Ambitious climate solutions must acknowledge and address the legacy of pollution and other environmental harms in overburdened communities. Make justice and equity a priority: Unless justice and equity are central aspects of our climate agenda, the inequality of the carbon-based economy will be replicated as we build a new clean and renewable energy economy. Reduce greenhouse gas pollution: Meeting U.S. climate goals must also reduce locally harmful air pollution that disproportionately affects low-income areas and communities of color. Transition to a clean energy future: Investments must be made to extend high-quality clean energy jobs, health protections, job-training programs, and fair and equitable working conditions to all communities, especially those with high underemployment and unemployment and those historically reliant on fossil fuel energy. Reduce transportation pollution: Transportation is now the nation’s largest source of climate pollution today. We must rebuild our transportation system so that it is fair, equitable, clean, and improves people’s mobility as it cleans up the air. Rebuild infrastructure and housing: They must better withstand the harmful impacts of climate change in all communities. Demand a just national climate agenda: It must provide sustainable investment for mitigation and adaptation that will not impose an undue social and economic cost to overburdened and vulnerable communities. Be on a pathway to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius: The United States must commit to ambitious emission reduction goals and contribute equitably to global efforts to stabilize the climate system by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To be successful, we must firmly be on this path by 2030. ...

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Jun 17, 2019

Judge Griffin Rules With the People of New Orleans, Says City Council Did Not Substantially Comply with Open Meetings Law Press Release

NEW ORLEANS, June 14, 2019 – At Orleans Parish Civil District Court today, Judge Piper Griffin ruled in favor of local groups and residents who sued the New Orleans City Council for violating the Open Meetings Law. The ruling focused on public meetings in which people were shut out prior to the Council voting in favor of Entergy’s application to build a new, polluting gas plant in New Orleans East. Judge Griffin determined that the Council did not substantially comply with the Open Meetings Law and its policy for ensuring that citizens’ voices are heard. She also found that Entergy’s use of paid actors in the Council meetings “undermined” the Open Meetings Law. Her decision delivers a victory to residents and local groups who sued the City Council for denying basic rights to a fair process and open meetings when the Council approved the Entergy gas plant in 2018. Click Here to Continue Reading...

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