About Us

The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change (The EJ Forum) is a national coalition of 44 environmental justice organizations (Coordinated by WE ACT for Environmental Justice) working together to advance climate justice and impact policy to ensure the protection and promotion of communities of color and low-income communities throughout the U.S. The forum was initiated in 2008 in response to the emerging concerns around possible mitigation strategies and regulations that were being presented as options to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions, had the potential to amplify the disproportionate environmental burden on communities of color, and/or low income.

Organizational Structure 

We have a steering committee that provides direction for the Coalition, made up of 10 members. The Steering Committee has provided a suggested framework for the Forum’s work including meeting frequency, communication and the primary areas of work based on the current domains of work of the Forum Members, political relevance, resource availability and expertise.

Steering committee meetings will be held quarterly. Full Forum meetings will be held quarterly as well. Most meetings will be held via teleconference. However, where possible, opportunities to meet face-to-face are preferred. There is always the option to meet more frequently when needed.

Members of the EJ Forum

Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska
Arctic Village Alaska
Asian Pacific Environmental Network California
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment California
Communities for a Better Environment California
Environmental Health Coalition California
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights California
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles California
The City Project California
The Labor/Community Strategy Center California
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice Connecticut
Harambee House Georgia
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization Illinois
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Kentucky
Deep South Environmental Justice Center Louisiana
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) Michigan
East Michigan Environmental Action Coalition Michigan
Green Door Initiative, Inc. Michigan
Center for Earth, Energy, & Democracy Minnesota
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota Minnesota
Indigenous Environmental Network Minnesota
Jesus Peoples Against Pollution Mississippi
CATA (The Farmworkers Support Committee) New Jersey
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance New Jersey
Los Jardines Institute New Mexico
Arbor Hill Environmental Justice New York
Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York New York
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, Inc. New York
South Bronx Unite New York
WE ACT for Environmental Justice New York
Land Loss Prevention Center North Carolina
NC Environmental Justice Network North Carolina
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Oregon
Energy Justice Network Pennsylvania
Kingdom Living Temple South Carolina
The Imani Group, Inc. South Carolina
CIDA, Inc. Texas
Texas Southern University Texas
Coming Clean Vermont
Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform Vermont
Southeast Care Coalition Virginia
Got Green Washington
Sustainable Community Development Group Washington DC


Alaska Wild Alaska
Center for Environmental and Economic Justice, Inc. (CEEJ) Mississippi
Southern Echo, Inc. Mississippi


Timeline of the EJ Forum

Staff Supporting the EJ Forum