Center for Environmental Justice




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Vision & Mission

Environmental justice is necessary for the full flourishing of human and non-human nature.
The urgency is real and needed.
Structural inequalities lead to environmental disruptions affecting our food, soil, water, climate, work, and production and consumption systems that harm the most vulnerable. At the same time, those with class, ethnoracial, gender, and other privileges have greater access to environmental goods, such as pollution-free neighborhoods, healthy food, safe workplaces, and green spaces.
This is the essence of injustice, and we need to create spaces to counter these outcomes and address their root causes in our institutions.
We are witnessing systematic and determined attacks on the study and enforcement of environmental justice. The moment is now to identify and develop solutions to the environmental injustices that permeate all aspects of society. 

The Center for Environmental Justice aims to:

  • Make environmental justice central to how CSU, faculty, students, and our broader communities view sustainability and democracy.
  • Create a diverse and inclusive environmental justice community that will facilitate collaborative research, teaching and engagement across disciplines and between academia and the broader society.
  • Make CSU a national and global node with respect to environmental justice by supporting diverse students, faculty, and community members working on these issues.
  • Link diverse environmental knowledge systems and historical experiences to address the failures of capitalism, colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and other systems of exploitation and oppression in our community and beyond.

How Do We Accomplish These Goals?

Assumes that every social practice is also environmental and every environmental practice is also social, and aims for environmental justice between humans and between humanity and nature, across space and time.
Centers the perspectives of historically marginalized cultures and communities about environmental justice; engages with a broad range of critical theoretical perspectives across disciplines; employs a wide variety of methods and techniques.
Recognizes that systemic power relations within and across space and time privilege some and marginalize and oppress others. At the same time, the Center affirms that we must work towards just transitions, based on the visions of those engaged in frontline struggles for environmental justice.
Nurtures a holistic and critical examination of environmental justice, such as the distribution of benefits and harms, the recognition of various cultures and voices, inclusive and democratic participation, and the restoration of social and ecological damages.