EJLRI is a small organization that has been able to accomplish big things through effectively working through collaborations and networks. In working with social justice and human service organizations we help integrate environmental perspectives, while in working with traditional environmental organizations we cultivate an understanding of social inequalities and how to build justice and equity into environmental work. When partnering with environmental justice organizations we consider our peers (in other states) we collaboratively develop regional projects, share best practices, and support each other’s work.
- EJLRI co-convenes the New England EJ Forum with Alternatives for Communities and the Environment (ACE) in Boston, creating a network of EJ organizations across the region that shares knowledge and effective models through conference calls, discussion forums, and annual summits. We hosted the most recent EJ Forum summit in Providence RI with close to 100 attendees, focusing on climate change, community resiliency, and energy justice. ACE and EJLRI are also both members of Right to the City, a national coalition of 43 organizations in 13 cities focusing on urban issues.
- Worcester Roots Project and EJLRI have collaborated through numerous trainings and conferences in both Worcester, MA and Providence, RI. Most recently, we participated in a 12 week training program called Co-op Academy that Worcester Roots hosted in order to develop capacity for regional networks of worker-owned cooperatives and alternative economic models. Youth leaders at both Worcester Roots and EJLRI are core organizers of the Northeast Climate Confluence, which started in 2008 and convenes a large annual retreat at a Mohawk Community Center in upstate NY. The Confluence brings communities of color together to share knowledge and skills about climate change and resiliency, with an emphasis on indigenous knowledge and cultural practices of sustainability.
- EJLRI is a member of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and the Climate Justice Alliance. Grassroots Global Justice is an alliance of U.S.-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people. The Climate Justice Alliance is a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from unsustainable energy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.
Through these kinds of formal and informal networks, EJLRI works in collaboration with many organizations and individuals working to collectively develop innovative methods for responding to environmental justice and climate change. .