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We are a multidisciplinary resource center dedicated to advancing a more transformative and emancipatory climate justice politics. We show how solutions to the climate crisis are inseparable from the resolution of other major social injustices, how unjust power relations are the root cause of all crises, and how deep structural reforms and systemic changes to power relations are required to create a more just and sustainable future for all. Our ethos aims to raise
an inspirational vision of how the climate crisis can serve as a catalyst for creating a new type of society that truly meets the needs of people and the planet and show the liberatory potential of an inclusive, intersectional climate justice movement.

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The Center is a proud member of Coming Clean, a collaborative of environmental health and justice experts working to reform the chemical and energy industries so they are no longer a source of harm. Coming Clean members include over 200 organizations and 350 individual experts in community organizing, business, science, medicine, environmental justice, policy, and other critical areas. Together we are winning campaigns for a healthy, just, sustainable society and growing a stronger, more diverse, and better prepared movement.



We are grateful to Barbara Laurence and the Center for Political Ecology (CPE) for serving as our fiscal sponsor. The Center for Political Ecology is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Its scholar-advocates generate independent and credible research on environment, health and human rights in local and global contexts. CPE’s social documentation, action-research, and expert witness work documents the conditions that structure human and environmental crises and the consequential damages of environmental and human rights abuse; facilitates efforts to define and secure meaningful remedy; and demonstrates the crucial role of biocultural sustainability in charting a sustainable path for the future. The overarching goal of CPE’s action-research collective is to both demonstrate and apply the power of credible and independent science, including citizen science, as a means to strengthen environmental and human rights frameworks and experience.

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We would like to thank the Park Foundation, the Fine Fund, and New England Grassroots Environment Fund for supporting the Center's Green New Deal Cities Resource Hub. The Park Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, the environment. The Fine Fund provides movement building support groups with common interests as they advocate for public health and safety. With a focus on those who have often been marginalized, the Grassroots Fund empowers those working across a broad range of environmental and social justice issues.

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A special shout-out goes to Chuck Collins, Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), for renting us critically important office space and providing assistance as we launch the Center. IPS is a progressive organization dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, IPS turns transformative policy ideas into action. We are grateful for their assistance.

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Code of Ethics & Guiding Principles for Conducting Community-based Participatory Research by Center Fellows and Researchers

Purpose of Collaboration

Climate and environmental justice university researchers and community organizations/groups who agree to work on projects of mutual benefit together agree to help document and support knowledge held by environmental justice communities in forms that can influence environmental policy and build community capacity to use data for advocacy. In addition, collaboration requires recognition that roles and responsibilities differ among university faculty and community organizations/groups and is based on the principles of equity, empowerment, capacity building, and collective ownership of results.

Guiding Principles

Data Collection, Ownership, and Distribution

  • In all cases, all parties should seek to co-own data resulting from the project and where this is not possible, the community organization or group should have primary ownership.
  • All collaborators must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Institutional Review Board of the partnering institution, including participation in any necessary ethics training modules. The university collaborator(s) should assist community partner members with this process should it be necessary.
  • Personally identifying data should be confidential and safely stored to only be accessed by project collaborators.
  • Publication in journals and/or presentation of data at professional conferences should be agreed upon and reviewed by all participating collaborators. Nothing should be published nor otherwise disseminated without the agreement of everyone involved, and all collaborators should always have the option of being included in publications and presentations. It may help at the beginning of the study to identify point people representing each collaborating organization who might take responsibility for involving their staff/colleagues, and a process for review prior to submitting abstracts and or papers. Toward this end, university researchers must allow community partners final product review, especially if they have been mentioned in the report or study.
  • Any requests for information generated by the research partnership (e.g., data or information) that come from outside sources should be discussed by all collaborators, except in the case of requests for information intended for public consumption such as brochures or statements of research purpose.

Considerations for the Working Relationship

  • The community organization/group should conduct a periodic review of their working relationship with university collaborators to assess progress and make improvements and adjustments where necessary.
  • Whenever possible, partnerships should increase the capacity of existing community groups, rather than replicating or replacing their work when it comes to community engagement and community trainings.
  • When students participate in the research, they should be trained by the mentoring faculty member in the practice of community-based participatory research and should have sufficient familiarity with the community organization/group with which research is being conducted. The partners might consider jointly interviewing prospective students hoping to work on the study or project, or with the resulting data, to ensure that they understand the nature of the partnership and expectations regarding the communication of findings.

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