NJEJA Environmental Justice Leadership Training Modules
What Do Color and Money have to do with Environmental Justice?
This course will examine the roots of the Environmental Justice Movement, including its underpinnings in the Civil Rights Movement, and the interchange of racism and economic inequity in the strive for this socioeconomic goal. Students will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive exercise that dramatizes the basic problems that the EJ Movement addresses.
Advocacy and Organizing: Utilizing People Power to Make Change from the Ground Up
This course is an introduction to community organizing, with a focus on building local opposition to polluting industries in Environmental Justice communities. Students will learn the Elements of Organizing, and how to apply them is real world scenarios.
Healthy Ports Environmental Justice Tour:
This course is an introduction to the Ironbound neighborhood of
Newark, New Jersey, the site of an unsustainable burden of legacy and ongoing environmental pollution. This 4‐mile square
neighborhood contains numerous waste‐related facilities,
international trade and transport hubs, and the nation’s biggest
Superfund site. There will be ample time for questions and
reflections as we view prime examples of environmental justice
issues and learn about the community’s history of fighting back.
Recycling and Solid Waste:
This course is an introduction to the unspoken assumptions people use to justify not treating trash as a valuable natural resource. Students will also be introduced to the use of a waste audit as a tool for creating better recycling systems and moving towards zero waste.
Food Justice: Making the Connection Between People, Planet, and Food
This course is an introduction to the concept of Food Justice and why it matters to EJ communities like Newark. Students will learn Food Justice Principles and how activists from all over the country are applying them to reshape the local food landscape for the most vulnerable populations.
This course is an introduction to particulate matter air pollution. Particulate matter will be defined and its composition, sources and health effects will be discussed. Emissions reduction policies developed by the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and allies will also be discussed.
This course is an introduction to climate change mitigation policy from an environmental justice perspective. Included in the presentation will be using climate change mitigation policy to address greenhouse gas co-pollutants, why the environmental justice community has opposed the use of carbon trading and an environmental justice critique of EPA’s proposed climate change rule (Clean Power Plan). If time allows, climate change adaptation policy will also be discussed from an environmental justice perspective.
This course is an introduction to the issue of cumulative impacts will be defined and policies developed by the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and allies to address the issue are presented.
Sustainability Action Plan and Green Jobs: A Roadmap to the Environmental, Economic and Equitable Future of Newark
This course is an introduction to sustainable living in a green economy. Students will become familiar with the contents of the plan, learn how to become an active participant, and contribute to the plan as it evolves.
Community Mapping and Fieldwork: A Neighborhood View from the Perspective of its Residents, Local Businesses, Institutions, and Local Organizations
This course affords the participants the opportunity to map community assets and liabilities. Students will ground truth data from city, state and federal databases and add their perspective of community assets and liabilities, thus providing a local lens to community characteristics.
Community Monitoring and Fieldwork: A Neighborhood View from the Perspective of its Residents, Local Businesses, Institutions, and Local Organizations
This course affords the participants the opportunity to monitor the air quality in the vicinity of community’s assets and liabilities. Students will collect field data and make comparisons to city, state and federal databases.
Data Management and Evaluations: Course Data Analysis and Participant Feedback
In this course students will analyze the data collected in the course, discuss the findings, and draw individual conclusions. Students will also provide feedback on the environmental justice leadership training course and make recommendations for improvements.