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Social Capital

Social Capital

Definition: Stocks of social trust, norms, and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems. These are referred to as “capital,” because like many other forms of capital, they can accumulate and can be drawn upon as an investment for future action. Forms of social capital vary. It is thus important to develop […]

House Select Committee on the Climate Cr...

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America

This is currently the major comprehensive legislative package on this topic. Its relevance to community engagement and environmental justice is found in the ways in which environmental and climate justice is embedded in federal government decision making.  This plan supports grant programs to build community capacity and technical assistance. It also seeks to enable community […]

“Environmental Justice for All Act,” H.R

“Environmental Justice for All Act,” H.R. 5986, 116th Congress (2019-2020).

— All federal agencies should provide meaningful involvement to communities (including indigenous and tribal communities), due process in all rulemaking and enforcement, and direct guidance and technical assistance. — The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) shall be established by the president and remain multi-stakeholder in composition (according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, FACA). […]

National Service

National Service

Definition: in the United States, national service has taken a variety of forms, from the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s to AmeriCorps of the 1990s until today. It has been voluntary and selective, rather than mandatory and universal, and is organized and funded typically through partnership of the Corporation for National and Community Service, […]

Bicycle Association

Bicycle Association

Definition: A nonprofit civic association that advocates for bike improvements in street design and often collaborates with city transportation officials in co-design. Bicycle associations also organize rides, celebrations and other cultural events. Bicycle and pedestrian groups increasingly are part of consolidated associations for transportation alternatives. Fast Facts: League of American Bicyclists were originally known as […]

Watershed Association

Watershed Association

Definition: This is a nonprofit civic association, typically utilizing a holistic and ecological watershed approach, to protect and restore rivers, streams, and larger watersheds, such as a river system or an estuary. These sometimes have other nomenclature, such as watershed alliance and watershed council, which may signify a different structure. Fast Facts: The River Network […]

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Definition: The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in environmental risks and benefits, regardless of race, color, national origin, and income. This minimal definition is often expanded to include more robust conceptions of the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological integrity, rights to participate in all relevant settings, local knowledge and street science, and […]