Equity and Social Justice Library Links
The foundation of a sustainable community is equity and social justice. Here you can find frameworks, strategic planning and community development centered around this foundation.
United Nations: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Features 17 sustainable development goals for for all countries to cooperate on. The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide policy and funding for all UN members nations through the year 2030,beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. The concept was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.
EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda: The Environmental Protection Agency's road map for advancing environmental justice across the agency and federal government.
EPA Environmental Justice Data Mapping: EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent data set and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area. All of the EJSCREEN indicators are publicly-available data.
National Equity Atlas: A comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth. The Atlas provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the 100 largest cities, 150 largest regions, all 50 states, and the United States.
Green For All: A national non-profit with the mission build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Their goal is to make sure the most impoverished neighborhoods have a place and a voice in the climate movement. Through advancing towards sustainability, this non-profit hopes to build resilient neighborhoods.
Strategic Planning by Local Governments
City of Seattle Equity & Environment Agenda: A blueprint to advance racial equity in Seattle's environmental work. The Agenda lays out four key goal areas and recommended strategies in each area: (1) Healthy environments for all; (2) Jobs, local economies & youth pathways; (3) Equity in city environmental programs; (4) Environmental narrative & community leadership.
City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI is the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. When RSJI began ten years ago, no U.S. city had ever undertaken an effort that focused explicitly on institutional racism. Since that time, Minneapolis, Madison WI, Portland OR and King County, among others, have all established their own equity initiatives. Across the United States, local governments are acknowledging that race matters.
King County Equity and Social Justice Initiative: Inequities hurt everyone—not just people on the lower rungs of the social and economic ladder. For our region to continue to prosper, we need everyone to have a fair shot at success, regardless of where they started out in life. Our region has many strengths, but many of our communities are being left behind. In King County, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are major predictors of your life experience and chances of living well.
The Portland Plan-Equity at the Core: Developed in response to some of Portland’s most pressing challenges, including income disparities, high unemployment, a low high school graduation rate and environmental concerns, the Portland Plan presents a strategic path forward. Advancing equity is the foundation of the plan. The plan includes both 25-year goals and 5-year action plans. Goals are set for the entire city, as well as geographically specific recommendations.
Measuring Equity and Social Justice
Community Development Strategies
STAR Community Rating System: The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the nation’s leading sustainability framework and certification program. Built by and for local governments, STAR is a catalyst for local action and is transforming the way that communities address their social, economic and environmental progress.
One Planet Communities: Creating a network of earth’s greenest neighborhoods, where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to live a healthy, happy lifestyle within a fair share of our planet’s resources.
Living Building Challenge 2.0 - Equity Petal: (pages 36-39) The intent of the Equity Petal is to correlate the impacts of design and development to its ability to foster a true sense of community. A society that embraces all sectors of humanity and allows the dignity of equal access is a civilization in the best position to make decisions that protect and restore the natural environment.
Puget Sound Sage: A local non-profit that brings together labor, faith and community to build an economy based on shared prosperity. Working to ensure all families benefit from economic growth, all workers are free from discrimination in the workplace and all development meets the needs of communities.
School to Prison Pipeline
PBS Fact Sheet: PBS investigates the severity of the school to prison pipeline through statistics from a variety of different cities in the Unites States.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Race and Inequality in Education: The ACLU is committed to challenging the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Mass Incarceration, Visualized: An article on the linkage between mass incarceration and the environment.
Tolerance.org: A breakdown of what the school to prison pipeline is, who it impacts, and what we can do to help it. Includes information about information toolkit.