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Climate Justice

Transitioning to a clean energy economy will affect us all, but not equally. We’re working in states and at the federal level to bring a justice lens to climate policy.

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The Center for Progressive Reform is advancing the concerns of marginalized groups by centering racial and economic justice in climate policy. We’re working with advocates and policymakers to champion climate policies that provide resources for those who have the least and to prevent climate policies from reinforcing existing inequities. We seek to elevate the voices of communities of color and low-income communities that have often been excluded from the political and administrative processes that shape their lives. 

In North Carolina, we are spreading the word about the need for an equitable decarbonization plan and for meaningful public participation to ensure a just transition to clean energy. In Maryland, we participate in a coalition that is carefully monitoring and contributing to the implementation of the state’s Climate Solutions Now Act. In California, we are conducting in-depth research on how the state incorporates climate justice into its many climate funding programs and its statewide climate scoping plan. And, at the federal level, we seek to help states take advantage of climate funding opportunities.

Our Initiatives

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California Climate Justice

Our research is taking a deep dive into how the state integrates justice into climate governance, from comprehensive planning to clean energy funding.

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Energy Justice in North Carolina

We’re working to ensure the state’s transition to a clean energy economy is affordable for all North Carolinians regardless of wealth or background.

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Seize Federal Opportunities

Coordination across states to ensure state agencies aggressively pursue funding opportunities for climate justice under the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Recent Highlights

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Arlie W. Schardt Fund 
For Climate Justice

Speaking Out for Climate Justice

With the support of a new fund, named in honor of environmental advocate and renowned journalist, Arlie Schardt, we’re forging a path forward for climate justice action and policy.