About Us

The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change (The EJ Forum) is a national coalition of 41 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 9 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
Advocates for Environmental Human Rights Louisiana
Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska
Arbor Hill Environmental Justice Corporation New York
Arctic Village Alaska
Asian Pacific Environmental Network California
CATA (The Farmworkers Support Committee) New Jersey
Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy Minnesota
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment California
CIDA, Inc. Texas
Communities for a Better Environment California
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice Connecticut
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University Louisiana
East Michigan Environmental Action Council Michigan
Energy Justice Network Pennsylvania
Environmental Health Coalition California
Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York New York
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota Minnesota
Environmental Justice Health Alliance New Mexico
Farmworker Health and Safety Institute New Jersey
Got Green Washington
Green Door Initiative, Inc. Michigan
Harambee House Georgia
Indigenous Environmental Network Minnesota
Jesus Peoples Against Pollution Mississippi
Just Transition Alliance California
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Kentucky
Kingdom Living Temple South Carolina
Kingsley Association Pennsylvania
The Labor/Community Strategy Center California
Land Loss Prevention Project North Carolina
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization Illinois
Los Jardines Institute New Mexico
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance New Jersey
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Oregon
People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources Texas
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights California
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles California
Sustainable Community Development Group Washington, DC
WE ACT for Environmental Justice New York


Alaska Wild Alaska
Center for Energy and Environmental Justice Mississippi
Southeast Care Coalition Virginia
Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equity Missouri


Timeline of the EJ Forum

Staff Supporting the EJ Forum