the new school presents visiting scholars' White papers on environmental justice implications of epa's clean power plan


Visiting Scholars affiliated with the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School have released a series of White Papers focused on the environmental justice implications of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule.

The CPP rule is one of the most significant national environmental laws enacted in decades. It will set the terms for how our nation tackles climate change mitigation broadly, and how we respond to the communities most impacted by this ecological crisis and the industries causing it.

The white papers are available here.


Dr. Ana Isabel Baptista, The New School; Garbage, Power And Environmental Justice: The Clean Power Plan

This paper analyzes the environmental justice implications associated with the inclusion of waste incineration in the CPP rule. The paper delves into the potential risks and problems related to the treatment of waste incineration as carbon neutral as well as strategies for environmental justice communities to challenge this provision in State Implementation Plans.

Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy; Environmental Justice And The Clean Power Plan: The Case of Energy Efficiency

This paper identifies the ways in which existing energy planning strategies are inequitable and illustrates a need for integrating environmental justice communities into energy efficiency strategies. By highlighting issues of inequity in energy planning from an economic perspective, this paper articulates the importance for considering energy infrastructure transformation at the community level.

Dr. Nicky Sheats, Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance; Achieving Emissions Reductions For Environmental Justice Communities Through Climate Change Mitigation Policy

This paper discusses the need for air pollution emissions reductions in environmental justice communities and offers a mechanism to achieve them through climate change mitigation policy. The paper also takes a critical look at these issues in relation to carbon trading and the CPP Rule.


The scholars will present their research in a webinar on July 27th at 12:00pm EDT.

To listen to the webinar, follow the link:


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