About NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Jacqui Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She can be reached at jpatterson[at]naacpnet.org

Program Goals

IEnvironmental injustices, including climate change, have a disproportionate impact on communities of color in the United States and around the world. The NAACP ECJ Program was created to educate and mobilize communities to address this human and civil rights issue by advocating for these three objectives:

1)     Reduce Harmful Emissions, Particularly Greenhouse Gases

Combines action on shutting down coal plants and other toxic facilities at the local level, as well as building of new toxic facilities, with advocacy to strengthen development, monitoring, and enforcement of regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Also includes a focus on corporate responsibility and accountability.

2)     Advance Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

Works at the state level on campaigns to pass renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while simultaneously working at the local level with small businesses, unions, and others on developing demonstration projects to ensure that communities of color are accessing revenue generation opportunities in the new energy economy, while providing safer, more sustainable mechanisms for managing energy needs for our communities and beyond.

3)     Improve Community Resilience and Livability

Ensures that communities are equipped to engage in climate action planning that integrates policies and practices on advancing food justice, advocating for transportation equity, upholding civil and human rights in an emergency, and 


 Increase Awareness and Understanding across NAACP Units about the connection between climate change and our lives through trainings across the country with the development of:

Tool Kits,  Fact  Sheets, Training Modules, Video Project, and Online Resource Database

NAACP Climate Justice Initiative Publications

Produce Research on the impact of climate change on our communities, as well as assets and opportunities for leadership in a new green economy.

  • “Clearing the Air Report” (on coal power plants and their impact on climate change and our communities) COMING SOON!
  • BP Oil Drilling Disaster Investigational Study
  • Spearheaded the launch of the Gulf HBCU Consortium on Sustainability and Public Policy

Advance a Climate Justice Advocacy Agenda

Climate Justice Locally

  • September  participation in EPA Coal Ash Hearings in Virginia
  • May-October ongoing advocacy around BP Oil Drilling Disaster

 Climate Justice On the Hill

  • In March 2010, the NAACP sent a letter to the full Senate urging them to support legislation “which is effective in the battle against climate change and creates sustainable green jobs”
  • Washington Bureau Director participated in a rally on Capitol Hill in March (in advance of Earth Day) calling for passage of comprehensive and just climate change legislation.

  Promote Institutional Energy Efficiency - internally and externally so that our operations are characterized by conservation and energy efficiency and we encourage and support others to do the same:

  •   Initial Assessment of Facility and Operations
  • Youth and College Green Team at Convention

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