- Organization Name:Action Center, Inc. / Energy Justice Network
- Address:1434 Elbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Action Center, Inc. exists to promote environmental and social justice and democracy. It's main project is Energy Justice Network, a globally-networked, but mainly U.S.-focused support network for grassroots resistance to dirty energy and waste industry facilities. Taking direction from our grassroots base and the Principles of Environmental Justice, we advocate a clean energy, zero-emission, and zero-waste future for all.
Energy Justice Network supports communities threatened by polluting energy and waste facilities through community organizing support and advice, student organizing, digital networks, research on corporations and technologies, limited legal and technical guidance, and our mapping project.
Energy Justice Network goes beyond the demands of the traditional state and national environmental groups. We understand that energy issues have profound impacts on many other environmental issues from agriculture to waste, and recognize that low-income communities and communities of color tend to be the most seriously impacted by polluting energy systems. We support a comprehensive, environmental justice approach.
Energy Justice is the first national organization to advocate a complete phase-out of nuclear power, fossil fuels, large hydroelectric dams and "biomass" / incineration within the next 20 years. We believe that this is possible, affordable and absolutely necessary. What is holding us back is only a lack of political will.
Our goals are:
1) To enable community activists to defeat polluting industries.
2) To create participant-led grassroots support networks around technologies that community groups are fighting.
3) To bridge the campus-community divide.
4) To bring NIMBY groups to a NIABY analysis (not in anyone's backyard).
5) To reshape the energy and waste industries, eliminating support for false solutions and supporting clean energy and zero waste policies, methods and technologies.
6) To act as a clearinghouse, providing information to the general public and the media.
7) To shift policies of other organizations, including mainstream environmental groups and governmental bodies.
Energy Justice Network's founders (now co-directors) were active throughout the 1990s in helping Pennsylvania community groups fight off dozens of proposed natural gas burning power plants, at a time when many hundreds were proposed nationally. The idea for a national grassroots "Energy Justice Network" was hatched in 1999 out of a vision of a national network to connect community leaders working to protect themselves from these and other polluting energy technologies masquerading as "green" energy. Since existing mainstream environmental groups were not responding to grassroots calls for help, it was necessary to create a network where grassroots leaders could connect with and support each other.
A volunteer effort for several years, Energy Justice Network grew to reach people in all 50 states and several countries, with strong networks around certain industries. In 2006, we created the nation's "No New Coal Plants" network, connecting grassroots leaders fighting the wave of around 200 new coal power plants proposed in the U.S., 131 of which have since been defeated. We've similarly built a strong network of grassroots leaders fighting the incineration of everything from trash to trees, often hailed as "renewable" sources, despite their impacts on air pollution, global warming and forests.
Some of our grassroots work reaches deep into a community, such as forming the multi-racial, multi-generational grassroots groups in Chester City and Erie, PA that defeated simultaneous plans by different companies (in opposite corners of the state) to build the world's largest tire incinerators in poor, minority communities. In addition to this community-intensive work, we also provide basic networking and advising support to dozens of grassroots groups around the nation every year, coaching them by phone and connecting them to email discussion lists and individual contacts in communities that share similar experiences.
In 2004, we co-founded Energy Action Coalition, the student and youth movement on energy and climate change issues. This coalition of 40 organizations in the U.S. and Canada has galvanized the nation's youth, activating hundreds of thousands of young people and engaging them to help communities stop dirty energy development and promote clean energy solutions. Energy Action has held three national "PowerShift" conferences since 2007, bringing together 6,000-12,000 young activists each time -- the largest student environmental conferences in U.S. history. We've played a pivotal role in advancing environmental justice principles and raising awareness of the community impacts of dirty energy technologies within the student and youth movement through this coalition. Our work with students primarily focuses on getting them working in solidarity with communities impacted by dirty energy and waste industries. This has involved forming state-wide student coalitions like one we set up in Ohio that was instrumental in stopping a new coal power plant from being built amidst the nation's worst cluster of existing and proposed coal power plants (in southeast Ohio). In other cases, as in that of Southern Illinois University, we worked with students to stop a proposed large-scale coal power plant from being built on their own campus.
Hundreds of coal power plants, incinerators, natural gas facilities, refineries and other polluters have been prevented or closed due to the direct or indirect support we've provided.
Two of the main projects we're advancing in response to grassroots needs are a local ordinance toolbox (designing local ordinances that can legally block polluters at the local level) and an interactive mapping project that we're turning into a "Facebook for grassroots facility fighters." Our mapping project (www.energyjustice.net/map/) lets users track existing, proposed, closed and defeated dirty energy and waste facilities, the corporations behind them, and connect with the people and groups fighting them.
More on our accomplishments can be found at: www.energyjustice.net/accomplishments/
- Year established:2002
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:Operating
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- Science, Technology:Medium
- Social Science, Public Policy:Low
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