Something about us

Environmental justice (EJ) means ensuring equal access to environmental benefits and preventing the disproportionate impacts of environmental harms for all communities—regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity or other social positions. EJ is a powerful framework at the nexus of social movements and research that centers the leadership and expertise of BIPOC voices as it makes intersectional connections between painful histories of environmental racism and processes and practices of rebuilding a more equitable, healthy and safer world.


The teaching and curriculum materials included on this site are meant to be used as a meaningful resource and provide guidance for teaching environmental justice in impactful and respectful ways. We ask that you always credit the people who developed the original material if you share it in your classes. 


The creation of this site is a grassroots effort with contributions from teachers and community leaders all over the country including universities, colleges, community organizations, NGOs, and primary and secondary schools. 


We would especially like to thank students Neha Patkar and Keoni Rodriguez for their hard work gathering initial resources for this site. Thank you to co-organizers for the National EJ Education and Teaching Workshop for their leadership inspiring this project, especially collaborators from Stanford University’s Environmental Justice Working Group, San Jose State, the Northern California Environmental Justice Network ​for Community-Academic Partnerships, and the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative at Santa Clara University. We are grateful to Kevin Vreeburg for his talent, kindness and patience in helping us to design and create the site.


We hope anybody with an interest in environmental justice will be able to have access to these materials, which include syllabi, lesson plans, case studies, and best practices, and we hope that if you are teaching EJ, you will consider sharing your own work (with credit) here. 

Thank you to all of our contributors:

Alberta Environmental
Allegheny College
Bemidji State University
Brown University
California Coastal Commission
California Environmental Literacy Initiative
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Teacherʻs Federation
Childrenʻs Environmental Health Committee of the American Public Health Association
Climate Justice Program in Portland Public Schools
Colgate University
Council on Social Work Education Center for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice
Duke Chronicle
Ecological Society of America
Educators 4 Social Change
Environmental Education Research
Environmental Health Coalition
Environmental Justice Atlas
Fordham University
George Mason University
Green Design Lab
Groundwork USA
Harvard University
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Howard University
Institute for Humane Education
InTeGrate, Carleton University
Journal of Chemical Education
Journal of Planning Education and Research
Journal of Sustainability Education
Law Lessons
Learning for Justice
Learning to Give
Lehman College, CUNY
Macalester College
Merrimack College
Mount Mercy University
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Science Teaching Association
New York City Stands with Standing Rock Collective
New York University
North American Association for Environmental Education
North Seattle College

Pitzer College
Project Learning Tree
Rethinking Schools
Rutgers University
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Slippery Rock University
Sonoma State University
St. Olaf College
Standing Rock Syllabus Project
Stanford University
The Abusable Past, Radical History Review
The Center for Green Schools
The Mauna Kea Syllabus Project
Tufts University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
United Church of Christ
University of Arizona
University of Edinburgh
University of Florida
University of Montana
University of North Texas
University of Oregon
University of Texas Austin
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin River Falls
Urban Waters Learning Network
Vanderbilt University
Vayla New Orleans
Voices from The Valley
Washington University St. Louis
We Act for Environmental Justice
Wesleyan Sustainability Office
Yale University
Youth Civil Rights Academy
Youth Development Institute
Zinn Education Project 

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