For over twenty years, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance has been at the forefront of City and State campaigns to advance Environmental Justice. The following initiatives are examples of the campaigns that structure NYC-EJA's research and advocacy. (To learn more about each campaign, click on the campaign image.)
In 2010, NYC-EJA launched our Waterfront Justice Project, New York City’s first citywide community-based resiliency campaign. When the City of New York initiated its overhaul of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan (Vision 2020) in 2010, NYC-EJA began our advocacy campaign to convince the Bloomberg Administration to reform waterfront designations called Significant Maritime Industrial Areas, or SMIA’s.
Long championed by NYC-EJA and sister coalition OWN, the Solid Waste Management Plan (or SWMP) adopted by Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council in 2006 was a sweeping overhaul of the City’s waste export system that substitutes a polluting truck-based system confined to a handful of overburdened communities to a decentralized marine and rail-based export system.
NYC-EJA s a founding member of the Sandy Regional Assembly (representing environmental justice, labor and civic groups from climate-vulnerable communities in NY, New Jersey and Long Island) and of the Climate Works for All campaign (to increase the resiliency of NYC’s most vulnerable communities to climate change, while creating sustainable jobs).
NYC-EJA and our members were key organizers of the People's Climate March -- the largest climate mobilization in history. NYC-EJA also co-facilitated the NY-NJ Host Committee for the March.
NYC-EJA has collaborated with several partners to ensure that energy planning and economic development in NYC are conducted equitably, and that low-income and communities of color do not continue to be disproportionately burdened.
NYC-EJA is working with members and ally organizations on several brownfield policy initiatives, including continued implementation of the City’s Office of Environmental Remediation and proposals for state and federal collaborations.
Over more than two decades, NYC-EJA and our members have collaborated with several partners to address environmental justice issues affecting their quality of life.