Sustainable Communities

GreenLatinos is committed to direct engagement with communities, advocates, and policymakers in order to advocate for more efficient, equitable, environmentally sustainable places to live, work, play, and learn. We work to build momentum for creating equitable policy that addresses and makes reparations for barriers faced by Latino/e and other marginalized and underserved communities, both historically and in the present day.

We advocate for equitable innovation and policymaking to support environmental and economic sustainability, advance transportation and energy equity, and improve accessibility and affordability. We seek to change the face and functionality of urban, suburban, and rural communities, and improve the lives of people across the US.

Nation’s carbon pollution comes from transportation.

Clean transportation and energy infrastructure connects directly to clean air and water, and to the urgent fight to combat climate change. Latino/a/x communities are disproportionately impacted by air pollution and public health issues like asthma, which come from lower air quality.

Latino/a/x neighborhoods have low per capita energy emissions, at only 60% the rate of white neighborhoods.

Yet Latinos/as/x are more likely to experience “energy poverty” – defined as inadequate access to energy.

How We Can Help

Sustainable communities at GreenLatinos addresses the spectrum within this field, from advocating for increasing equity in clean transportation planning to supporting new green infrastructure investments. 

GreenLatinos’ work supports the capacity of Latino/e communities to thrive; improving health outcomes by reducing pollution exposure, and increasing capacity for physical, social, and economic mobility by improving accessibility and access to diverse transportation modes and affordable, clean energy.

Sustainable Communities

Recent Achievements

GreenLatinos is committed to centering questions of environmental justice and equity within the clean transportation sphere. Together with our partners and allies, we have pushed to elevate the voices of traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised communities as we advocate to support the construction of green infrastructure, reduce fuel emissions, and improve transit accessibility and access.

Report co-authored with Evergreen Action, Atlas Public Policy, and EVHybridNoire, Charging Toward Justice: How States Can Lead on Racial and Economic Equity through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program. This first-of-its-kind report examines the implementation of Justice40 goals in early NEVI Plans and presents findings and recommendations to support states in creating truly equitable NEVI plans.

This op-ed we worked on with Sierra Club NJ in May advocating for clean cars rulemaking in the Garden State

Two factsheets in collaboration with NRDC that outline best practices for designing community-based clean mobility programs under the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

Co-led a letter with the Center for Biological Diversity urging EPA to further curb emissions from gas-powered vehicles entering the market in Model Years 2027 - 2032. In total, 140 organizations joined our letter!

Join Our Sustainable Communities Collective!

The Sustainable Communities Collective is a space for our GreenLatinos members to come together and are interested in sustainable communities, to create community and a sense of familia, to build partnerships, share information, resources, access, actions, and ways we can all get involved.

We will use this space and time to discuss our current campaigns and urgent emerging topics related to clean transportation and energy infrastructure policy. The collective will serve as both a learning community for folks interested in learning more about the issues and a hub to develop advocacy tactics and calls to action around specific issues.

This collective meets on a quarterly basis and has a listserv to share information. Interested in joining the Sustainable Communities Collective?

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