Center for Environmental Justice Launches EJ Community Socials

Students, faculty and members of the community are all seeking ways to connect with others who are working on EJ studies, programs and visions.  We created a series of gatherings to do just that!

These FREE events are open to anyone, so invite others to join you. Events are scheduled the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5pm-6pm at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.

RSVP here https://col.st/sluQg so we can better tailor the events to your interests.

Center for Environmental Justice Co-Hosts Climate Transitions Speakers Series

November 16th  The Climate Transitions Working Group has created this event with a focus on TERRESTRIAL SYSTEMS.

The event is open to anyone from 4-6 pm at Avogadro’s Number.

Colorado Environmental Justice Task Force Finalizes its  Recommendations

The Environmental Justice Action Task Force has submitted its final recommendations to the legislature, governor’s office, and CDPHE.

The Task Force solicited community feedback from across the state for nearly a year. It held seven full Task Meetings including four virtual meetings with the in-person components in Commerce City, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo. It held 33 subcommittee meetings spanning 77 hours. It received over 300 written public comments and survey responses and also heard from dozens of community members in verbal public comments and during focus groups, coffee chats, and cafecitos.

Based on this feedback and extensive deliberation at its meetings, the Task Force developed its final recommendations, which are available here.


For students, by students, this kit features captivating and inspiring stories of frontline workers and community partners all working to advance food justice in our region of Northern Colorado. 

Sections include:

Food Security




Mutual Aid





Sustainable Shopping





  Food Cooperatives





Unions, Labor, & Immigration





Food Justice Curriculum -CSU and Beyond




Ways to Join Forces and Get Involved



CELEBRATE the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act


Saturday, November 19, 2022 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM MT

Prodigy Coffeehouse / Globeville, 4500 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216

**Seguido en Español**

Saturday, November 19, 2022 5-8 PM
Prodigy Coffeehouse / Globeville

4500 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
Contact Green Latinos at (720) 621-8985 or eantafoya@greenlatinos.org

Free - Food, Music, Short Water Film

Fiesta de aniversario de la Ley de Agua Limpia sábado, 19 de noviembre de 2022 5-8 p. m.

Cafetería Prodigy / Globeville 4500 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216

Contáctenos al (720) 621-8985 o eantafoya@greenlatinos.org

All That Breathes Film December 1 at Lyric Cinema

As legions of birds fall from New Delhi’s darkening skies, and the city smolders with social unrest, two brothers race to save a casualty of the turbulent times: the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to their city's ecosystem.

Join CEJ to celebrate the efforts to protect our "more than human" beings from pollution- the ultimate goal in environmental justice.


Conservation Colorado-Protégete Released the Colorado Latino Climate Justice Policy Handbook

This is the first of its kind: a bilingual informational guide about the status of the climate crisis in Colorado and the struggles that face the Latino community alongside it.

Download the Colorado Latino Climate Justice Policy Handbook

Latinos have been present in Colorado for centuries. During this time, they have helped shape our state culturally, socially, politically, and environmentally.

Despite all the great contributions of Latinos, environmental policymakers have failed to fully understand the intersection of conservation policy and the unique issues impacting Latino communities across Colorado. This has resulted in policies that continue to leave Latinos behind, put more burden on historically excluded communities, and perpetuate an unjust society.

The Colorado Latino Climate Justice Policy Handbook is filled with innovative data and policy solutions for our community. It is a tool as much as it is a new beginning for how Latinos are represented in climate justice research in the state. We hope you find it informative and useful!


Are you interested in helping build a more vibrant, equitable, and resilient local food system in Northern Colorado? Check out the Poudre Food Partnership 


GreenLatinos Announces Historic Latino Climate Justice Framework, Providing Blueprint for a Equitable Future


Visit Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Exhibit: Earth Matters

Earth Matters: Rethink the Future is a 5,000 square foot exhibit that takes visitors on an inspirational journey to understand the changes occurring in our natural world and discover how we can rethink solutions for a better future.

In coordination with this new special exhibition, on display September 17 – January 8, 2023, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will present programming that supports the mission of connecting our communities as we all work to move forward proactively in rethinking our future.

Our special programming includes a range of topics, and we have worked to gear events toward audiences of all ages. Please visit this page and our events calendar to learn about programs and events to join throughout the run of the exhibition.

The museum has embraced its role in providing relevant, thematic programming that serves our entire community. On behalf of our partners, we look forward to providing engaging conversation and connection during our presentation of Earth Matters.

Logo features an orca whale jumping over a circle of water

Check out the Indigenous Education Organization to view their Speaker Series featuring indigenous experts in a variety of fields.


CEJ Affiliate Awarded Rachel Carson Council Fellowship

Sidra Aghababian, POLS Graduate Student and Center for Environmental Justice Affiliate, just received a prestigious position as a part of the 2022 - 2023 cohort for the Rachel Carson Council Fellowship program, which includes a financial award, leadership training, and internship credit.

Sidra will attend the Rachel Carson Council American Environmental Leadership Institute in July in Washington, DC to kick off her fellowship. After that, she will work with other Center for Environmental Justice staff and leaders, the City of Fort Collins, and faculty and staff from the Department of Atmospheric Research, the Art & Art History Department and the Center for Public Deliberation, as well as local Northern Colorado frontline environmental justice communities, to develop a series of environmental justice community engagement events that focus on the topic of outdoor air quality. Featuring community storytelling as a tool to build understanding about the environmental injustices of poor air quality in the Northern Colorado community, goals for these events include leveraging the vast lived experience of the community and increasing the capacity of community members to affect policy change for climate adaptation and health mitigation throughout Northern Colorado.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Aghababian on her achievement and stay tuned for more information about upcoming environmental justice #AirQuality events with the Center for Environmental Justice!

Community members are invited to submit input to the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) new public comment portal. This portal allows energy workers, communities, and other stakeholders to provide feedback that will inform the working group’s efforts.

We are seeking information specifically on the challenges facing energy communities, measures to address those needs, and any additional recommendations for the Energy Communities IWG and federal government to consider.

Comments can be submitted at https://energycommunities.gov/comment/ and will be used to shape future activities of the working group and inform policy and funding opportunities.

Curious about Colorado Public Utilities' Equity Practices?

Here is a 45-minute webinar that offers some background on regulatory fundamentals and rate design.


Thanks to Jeff Ackerman for sharing with the Environmental Justice community!


Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison II Announcement

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance is hiring for a full-time Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison. The Liaison will connect climate change resources, tools, and information to tribal resource managers and partners to support resiliency-building efforts across the North Central region (MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS).

This full-time position is an employee of the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance and will work in coordination with the North Central Adaptation Climate Science Center (NC CASC) to serve as a resource for tribal nations, tribal colleges, and partners throughout the North Central region. This employee will work with the existing Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison to provide climate adaptation training to tribal nations, develop partnerships to advance tribal resilience to climate impacts, and serve as an informational hub between tribal nations, federal agencies, researchers, and other tribal and non-tribal partners. The duty station for this position is flexible throughout the region but co-location space can be provided on campus in Boulder, Colorado, at the NC CASC office.

The Initiative for Energy Justice is Hiring!

IEJ seeks two to three full time Program Directors to join our dynamic, nascent, and growing team. The Program Directors will primarily lead or co-lead multiple energy justice projects, inform and shape strategic long-term and annual work planning, and be responsible for mentoring early career staff and incorporating them into IEJ programs. In addition, Program Directors will have an opportunity within an early-stage organization to support development of organizational staffing plans, culture, communications, and finances as desired and needed. The salary for each Program Director will be in the range of $105,000 to $125,000+ depending on experience.

Apply Now

Congratulations to CEJ Founding Member, Dimitris Stevis!

Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability has announced its three 2022-23 Resident Fellows and the winners of its 2022-24 Global Challenges Research Teams.The new SoGES fellows.

The newly announced SoGES Resident Fellows with one-year terms include Professor Stevis, pictured in the middle.

  • Dimitris Stevis, professor, political science, College of Liberal Arts. The goal of Stevis’ Resident Fellow project is to provide a more comprehensive account of just transitions as a relevant, necessary and appropriate strategy for all sustainability transitions. The products will be: story map(s) of just transitions that illustrate and describe the suitability of just transitions across sustainability transitions; and, building on that, a comprehensive and inclusive database of just transition policies, advocacy, and research.



Help contextualize the data housed on the Native Land Information System by helping us create compelling content.

We’re looking for people with skills in data journalism, data visualization and/or mapping to write articles for our blog (and third-party publications), develop storymaps, infographics and more. We pay competitive rates depending on experience, topic and word length.

*Individuals of Indigenous descent are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested? Pitch your idea today or ask us a question by clicking here.

Guess who will be impacted most by low water levels in Lake Powell? 

Lake Powell water crisis is about to be an energy crisis
As the West's megadrought continues, communities reliant on hydroelectric power — including tribes and rural towns — face shortages.

Read in Grist: https://apple.news/AXsDmEsmCTzWNy2YQegyWgQ

Sign up for the EPA's ECHO Notification Tool


ECHO Notify provides information on EPA-led enforcement only for the following environmental laws:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)


Save The Dates: June 6 & 7, 2022                  The inaugural Climate Transitions Dialogue (CTD) will take place June 6 – 7, 2022 at Colorado State University Lory Student Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Community-Building & Exploration: CTD will catalyze and encourage people and groups to learn more about Colorado’s climate transition community; reflect on our circumstance in depth and gain collective understanding of specific climate transition needs; and begin the process of discovering innovative solutions. CTD aims to create a space that encourages inclusive conversation, mutual learning, and collaborative definition of issues and priorities for action.

Establishment of New Networks and Collaborative Action: CTD will begin and foster continued dialogue that encourages the formation of new relationships, networks and partnerships among public and private entities and across social, environmental, and technological ecosystems. Our goal is to build trust and generate ideas for joint action.

Join the Dialogue https://climatetransitions.org/join-the-dialogue/

The 2022 Colorado Water Plan will be released on June 30th for public comment. This is an important and exciting opportunity for our voice to be heard! We're inspired to move forward with these ideas and momentum to advocate for a more inclusive and just Colorado Water Plan! The Colorado Water and Equity Partnership -- a partnership of FrontLine Farming, National Young Farmers Coalition and The Acequia Institute -- will be working hard to develop further conversations and content used to engage in this upcoming Colorado Water Plan Comment Period. Please be on the lookout for further information and opportunities for action in this important work.

Below you will find the webinar recording and further resources to engage with:

We are thrilled to be participating in the first trail session of summer, 2022 with @sustainmusicandnature at the FoCo Museum of Discovery Sunday, May 22.

Meet at the museum at 1pm where we will depart for a hike with @poudreheritage along the Poudre River Trail. Then we will return to the museum for a roof-top concert with @fancybitsmusic and @izcallirock . Bonus: Hear from our own Center for Environmental Justice co-founder, @stephanie_malin who will share her new book, Building Something Better: Climate Crises and the Promise of Community Change.


Join the Center for Global Work and Employment, Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN), and Center for Environmental Justice at Colorado State University on May 2 for a discussion on the Just Transition Listening Project (JTLP)’s 2021 report Workers and Communities in Transition.


Authors and JTLP Organizing Committee members J. Mijin Cha (Occidental College), Vivian Price (California State University Dominguez Hills), Dimitris Stevis (Colorado State) and Todd E. Vachon (Rutgers) will introduce the JTLP’s work and present the report’s main findings, to be followed by an extended Q&A. The report, which was conducted in partnership with the Labor Network for Sustainability underscores a critical point in the shift to much needed climate policies: Workers and their communities must not be left behind in the transition to a green economy and in fact, their role in the process of developing a just transition is critical to making it work fairly.

This event is sponsored by:

The Center for Global Work and Employment at Rutgers University

The Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN)

Center for Environmental Justice at Colorado State University

View event recording here: https://col.st/Y8DRZ

Building Something Better- Environmental Crises and the Promise of Community Change

by Stephanie A. Malin and Meghan Elizabeth Kallman

Panelists: Cody Two Bears and Tatewin Means

Order your copy here.

View event recording here: https://col.st/Y8DRZ

View slide deck here: Building Something Better Book Launch2022 (3)

Economics for a Fragile Planet event flyer

Colorado State University Distinguished Professor of Economics, Edward Barbier, discusses his new book: Economics for a Fragile Planet

View event recording here: https://youtu.be/BG3187Ljhd4

Book Launch and Celebration for Handbook of Environmental Sociology Author Event

Monday, January 31, 2022,  2pm-3pm MST

View Recording of Webinar here

View Presentation Slide Deck here: https://col.st/Wgb3C

To purchase the book, or individual chapters, click here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-77712-8 

We celebrated and listened to editors (including the CEJ's own Stephanie Malin) and authors of this new publication. Sections feature Inequality, Political Economy, and Justice; Energy, Climate, and Health; Culture, The State, and Institutions; Population, Place, and Possibilities.

Check out the Table of Contents here: https://col.st/mMl6g


Recording HERE:

November 9, 2021 at 12:00PM Mountain Standard Time

Colombia is a dangerous place for environmental leaders. Just in 2020, sixty-five environmentalists were killed. Ethnic groups are increasingly at risk as extractive economies expand into their ancestral lands to open mining and agribusiness frontiers. In this roundtable, leaders from the Pacific coast—a region of Indigenous and Black traditional territories—will discuss the rights of their communities, the impact of climate change, and the consequences of human rights violations on their livelihoods. Moderator, Professor Marcela Velasco and panelists from Colombia shared perspectives on the circumstances for this virtual event.

Careers in Environmental Justice

RECORDING of the event can be found here: Career Connections: Environmental Justice Panel - YouTube

RECAP of the event can be found on this document.

On October 5, 2021, The Center for Environmental Justice and Warner College of Natural Resources Career Center hosted panelists from a variety of fields to discuss Environmental Justice careers.

Center for the New Energy Economy Webinar 

If you missed the discussion with Vernice Miller Travis and Governor Bill Ritter you can view the recording here.

When: September 15

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Challenges and Perspectives of a Just Transition in Europe

March 7, 2022

You can find the recording of the event, as well as the slides here.

If you want to purchase the Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies (Palgrave, 2021) you can use the code PalGeoHB2022* at checkout to receive a 20% discount (valid until June 4, 2022).

Hosted by European Trade Union Institute

What are the main challenges of a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in the EU? Taking a broad-based theoretical approach, speakers at this webinar present the current EU context for a just transition, paying particular attention to the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package.

—To what extent can current EU policies and practices be considered a step towards a more comprehensive policy framework to integrate climate/environmental and labour priorities?
—How far are institutions and the welfare state ready to address the new challenges posed by the eco-social paradigm shift, possibly under a low growth or de-growth scenario?
—What strategies do trade unions have and what main challenges do they face?


  • From “Just Transition” to an “Eco-Social State”?
    Bela Galgoczi (ETUI)
  • Workers, Trade Unions, and the Imperial Mode of Living: Labour Environmentalism from the Perspective of Hegemony Theory
    Markus Wissen (Berlin School of Economics and Law - HWR)
  • Multilevel Engagement of Trade Unions with Climate Change Mitigation
    Adrien Thomas (LISER, Luxembourg) and Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven)

Discussant: Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Moderator: Nora Räthzel (University of Umeå, Sweden)

Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities

With James Rattling Leaf and Gwen Bridge

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

10:00am Hawaii /11:00am Alaska /12:00pm Pacific /

1:00pm Mountain / 2:00pm Central / 3:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm Puerto Rico

The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences is hosting an online event focused on recommendations for working with Indigenous communities based on the knowledge that long-term relationship building with these communities is the foundation upon which educational programs, research collaborations, and other initiatives must be co-created. This presentation will define best practices in building relationships and clarify a process for establishing and maintaining effective collaborations with Indigenous communities that respect sovereignty and self-determination.

Event Recording Here:

CEJ is proud to celebrate local Latina & Latino Leaders for their work in Environmental Justice

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Colorado EnviroScreen virtual public meeting

Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 6 - 7:30 p.m. 


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working with a team at Colorado State University, including the Center for Environmental Justice, to create CO EnviroScreen. As a new interactive mapping tool, CO EnviroScreen will identify environmental health inequities and disproportionately impacted communities in Colorado, as outlined in the Environmental Justice Act (HB21- 1266). Learn more about CO EnviroScreen (cdphe.colorado.gov/enviroscreen).


MAY 19th, 2021

CSU CEJ's Book Launch

9:30 – 9:40: Welcome and Introductions, Melinda Laituri

9:40 - 9:50:  CEJ at CSU, Josh Sbicca

9:50 – 9:55: EJ in the Anthropocene, Christine Winter, University of Sydney

9:55 – 10:50: EJ in the Anthropocene contributor panel presentations and discussion, Moderator, Stacia Ryder

10:50-11:00: Closing comments, CEJ Steering Committee


We sponsor and co-sponsor visits and public presentations by many distinguished scholars and activists over the years, always well-attended by hundreds of CSU and community members.


Panels on a wide range of topics that bring together researchers from across disciplines in order to foster a holistic and transdisciplinary approach to environmental justice. Attendees at past Roundtable events have included Colorado State University students and faculty, Fort Collins business owners, and community members. Please see the rubric we have used to facilitate these webinars.


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The goals of the webinars are similar to those of roundtables but webinars allow us to foster collaborations between researchers, policy makers, and activists from across the country and the world.


Events with high visibility and impact:

  • Just Transition Summit, May 2018
  • Stories of Water Equity and Environmental Justice Symposium, October 2017
  • Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium, April 2017